Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church is one of Dublin’s oldest buildings where people have been attending church for nearly one thousand years. It has remained an important place of pilgrimage even to this day. Every year thousands of visitors come to experience the site of unique heritage or to celebrate in worship.
Christ Church is home to the famous 12th-century crypt and is renowned worldwide for its beautiful architecture and exquisite floor tiles. The earliest manuscript dates Christ Church Cathedral to its present location around 1030. The church has remained in use since the Viking and Norse eras and has played host to many events including the premiere of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ in 1742. The cathedral as it exists today has a heavy Victorian influence due to the extensive restorations between 1871 and 1878 to save the cathedral. These renovations were carried out by the architect George Edmund Street with funding help from Dublin whiskey distiller, Henry Roe. Today, it is still an important place of worship for many.
Christ Church Cathedral is also well known for the ringing of its great bells. The ringing of the greats bells is a tradition that goes back many centuries. With 19 bells weighing from a quarter of a ton to two and a quarter tons, the church holds a world record for the number of bells available for full-circle ringing.
Anyone is welcome to attend a service at Christ Church Cathedral. You can also purchase self-guided tickets online to tour all the church. With the purchase of tickets, you will be able to explore the crypt, follow in the footsteps of pilgrims, and experience the choir of Christ Church.
March and October:
- Monday – Saturday 9:30-18:00
- Sunday 12:30 – 14:30/16:30-18:00
April – September:
- Monday – Saturday 9:30 – 19:00
- Sunday 12:30-14:30/16:30 – 19:00
November – February:
- Monday – Saturday 9:30 – 17:00
- Sunday 12:30- 14:30
- Monday-Friday, 10.00 am: Morning Prayer
- Monday-Friday, 12.00 pm: Peace Prayers
- Monday-Friday, 12.45 pm: Eucharist
The cathedral is open for private worship every day except the 26th December
If you would like to do a self-guided tour of the cathedral, prices are as follows. Audio-guides are available in English for additional €5.
- Adult: €7
- Seniors/Students: €5.50
- Children: €2.50
- Family: €17
If you would like to learn as much as possible about the cathedral, you can also book a guided tour. It lasts about 45 minutes and includes the nave, crypt and the belfry, where you can try to ring the famous bells by yourself (only for visitors above the age of 12).
- Adult: €11
- Senior/Students: €9.50
- Children: €6.50
- Family: €29
Times of Tours:
- Guided tours of cathedral (Children must be 12 years old or older to access the belfry):
- Monday – Friday at 11.00, 12.10, 14.00, 15.00 & 16.00.
- Saturday at 14.00, 15.00 & 16.00
- Belfry only tours with a Christ Church bell ringer (Children must be 12 years old or older to access the belfry):
- Saturdays at 11.30
- Sundays at 13.15
The Beacon Hotel is located just a 25-minute drive away from Christ Church Cathedral. If you wish to do the journey by Luas, it will take around 40 minutes or about 1 hour by bus. If you are already in Dublin city centre, Christ Church Cathedral is within walking distance from many of the city’s other popular attractions.
The Beacon will serve as the perfect base for you during your visit to Ireland, allowing you to easily explore the beautiful attractions both outside and within the city centre. Some of the most beautiful gardens, incredible houses and mansions, and quaint seaside towns are not far away from The Beacon. With our secure underground car-parking facilities, travelling to and from the city centre couldn't be more convenient.
The Beacon Hotel has stylish rooms and an exquisite interior that is sure to make your break a hit. For more recommendations on what to do and see during your visit to Dublin, visit our Top Dublin Attractions and Top Local Attractions pages. Be sure to check out our special offers and book your stay today.