Dating back to 1028, Christ Church Cathedral is Dublin’s oldest building, and one of its top group attractions.
Although founded in the times of the Vikings, the Church has been renovated numerous times, and indeed, in 1871 the whiskey maker Henry Roe funded a restoration so thorough it left him bankrupt! The result is that Christ Church is a truly unique Cathedral with a variation of styles and architectures from all eras.
The Church is best known for its medieval crypts dating from the 1170s and running the full length of the Cathedral. Here, you will find 17th century stocks used to punish offenders, an iron box said to contain the heart of St. Laurance O’Toole (patron Saint of Dublin), and best of all, a mummified cat and rat. Strange, but true, the unfortunate duo got trapped in an organ pipe way back in the 1860s. Trust us, despite yourselves, your group will be fascinated.
Christ Church Cathedral is open daily and for groups of 10 or more the entrance fee is €4.20 each. If you'd prefer a guided tour, just schedule it in advance. For choir groups who are partial to beautiful music, then make sure you attend one of the Evensongs. They're sung four times a week (Wednesday and Thursday at 6pm, Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 3.30pm) and are performed by Christ Church Cathedral choir, undoutedly one of the best in the country!