Christ Church Cathedral is another must see attraction in Dublin City. The cathedral is located a 20 minute walk from Adelphi Guesthouse. It's hilltop location and eye catching flying buttresses make Christ Church Cathedral the most photogenic by far of Dublin's three Cathedrals, as well as one of Dublin's top tourist attractions. Christ Church Cathedral is the spiritual heart of the city. Step inside and you can enjoy the cathedral’s beautiful interior and fascinating medieval crypt.
Explore the crypt
It‘s difficult to say which parts of Ireland‘s oldest cathedral are still from medieval times, as the cathedral was refurbished fundamentally between 1871 and 1878 and also between 1980 and 1982. Definitely originally preserved is the crypt, Dublin's oldest surviving structure, whose massive stone pillar holds the complete weight of the cathedral and the main tower. Follow the steps that bring you beneath the cathedral and explore the medieval crypt, one of the largest in Britain & Ireland, and the earliest surviving structure in the city. The crypt houses fascinating memorials, the cat and the rat, The Treasury, an audio visual presentation, the cathedral shop. Also accommodated in the crypt is a small cafe which can be booked for events.
Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims
Christ Church Cathedral was a major pilgrimage site in the medieval period, with an important collection of relics ranging from a miraculous speaking cross to a piece from the crib of Jesus. Today, it is still possible to see one of these relics, the heart of Laurence O’Toole, patron saint of Dublin.
Visit Strongbow's Tomb
A medieval Norman-Welsh peer and warlord who came to Ireland in the 1170s at the request of King Diarmuid MacMorrough and whose arrival marked the beginning of English involvement in Ireland.
The choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, enjoys an enviable reputation as one of Ireland's finest choirs, and is constantly in demand to perform in concerts, on tours and on radio broadcasts nationwide. Tracing its origins to 1493 with the founding of the choir school, the cathedral choir has always been highly regarded in Dublin's musical life and took part in the first performance of Handel's Messiah in Dublin in 1742. The choir sings Evensong four times a week during term time. To find out more about services please
The Cathedral is open to the public Monday - Sunday, although times vary throughout the year, so please do check times or ask for information at reception prior to your visit.