Christ Church Cathedral
This Anglican cathedral welcomes both believers and non-believers through its impressive wooden doors. Visitors can come to pray daily or visit one of the hauntingly beautiful Evensong services celebrated on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Others visit Christ Church Cathedral simply to marvel at the astounding heritage at the site that dates back nearly a thousand years.
Christ Church Cathedral was established by Sitriuc, the King of the Dublin Norsemen in 1030. It became part of the Irish Church in 1152. Rebuilding was commissioned by Saint Laurence O’Toole, whose embalmed heart resided in the cathedral in a wooden, heart shaped container and guarded by an iron box, before it was famously stolen in 2012.
Descend the steps to visit the 12th century crypt that lies underneath the cathedral. The crypt is the earliest surviving structure in Dublin and is home to a variety of historical wonders. An audio visual presentation guides visitors through the history of what lies in the crypt. While you’re there, you should pay a visit to Tom and Jerry, the mummified remains of a cat and rat that reside there. Sample the culinary delights on offer in the Cathedral café, which is also situated in the crypt and before ascending, pick up some souvenirs from the Cathedral gift shop.
Guided tours are available, offering access to areas of the church that are not usually open to the public, such as the belfry. Other options are the entertaining and informative audio guides or printed guides available in a range of languages. Visitors can also purchase combined entry tickets that covers the entrance fee into Christ Church Cathedral and the interactive Dublinia exhibition that represents aspects of Viking and Medieval Dublin.
Tickets can be purchased online, where details of services can also be found. The cathedral is open to visitors from 9 a.m. Monday to Saturday and from 12.30 p.m. on Sundays. It is easily accessible from the centre of Dublin on foot, by bus or by tram on the LUAS red or green lines.