Christ Church Cathedral is one of Dublin’s most iconic buildings. Its atmospheric medieval crypt is not only the oldest structure in the city in continuous use, but also the largest crypt in Ireland. Beautiful examples of original 12th-century stone carving and medieval floor tiles sit harmoniously alongside the restoration work carried out in the 1870s. Visitors taking part on guided tours have the chance to ascend the spiral staircase to the bell tower, where they can try their hand at ringing a selection of the cathedral’s nineteen bells. Extensive landscaping work outside the cathedral in 2018 saw the introduction of a labyrinth, inspired by Chartres Cathedral, and a new viewing platform which takes in the entire span of the building, including its famous bridge.
Restoration by George Edmund Street 1870-1877