Places of Worship Tour, Dublin

This tour will give you a glimpse of Dublin's religious life. There are many churches located in the old town of Dublin, a place unaffected by the city’s radical modernization of the 1960s. They are the guardians of Dublin’s spiritual side as well as architectural history. Take this tour to familiarize yourself with some of the city’s most holy places.
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Guide Name: Places of Worship Tour
Guide Location: Ireland » Dublin (See other walking tours in Dublin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Author: max
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St. Patrick's Cathedral

1) St. Patrick's Cathedral (must see)

St Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland and one of the oldest. According to legend, the first church was built in the 5th century on the site where Saint Patrick used the water from a well to baptize the people converted to Christianity. The well became known as the Holy Well and the wooden church was built beside it.

In 1192 it was elevated to the status of cathedral, which was unusual as the growing city already had one – Christ Church. The present church was built between 1199 and 1270 and has a 43 meter-high spire.

Between 1783 and 1871 the cathedral was used as a chapel by the Knights of Saint Patrick, a part of the Order of Saint Patrick, and you can see their heraldic banners hanging above the choir stalls. The church is filled with busts, monuments and memorial plaques.

One curiosity is the “Door of Reconciliation”. The story about the door is based more on legend than fact; in 1492 Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Osmond and Gerald Fitzgerald, 8th Earl of Kildare waged war on each other. The Earl of Ormond hid in the cathedral’s Chapter House and the Earl of Kildare had his men cut a hole in the door, through which he put his hand in a gesture of peace.

In the cathedral shop, you can buy CDs recorded by the choir and the organists, books, traditional Irish souvenirs and very pretty silver jewelry.

Why You Should Visit:
A sight to behold; more of a historical place and not so much a 'worshiping' cathedral.
Tours are run by volunteers, run for about 45 minutes to an hour and carry no extra cost.
There is also a very pretty park (church grounds) next door, that is open to the public.

Tip:
Make sure you check online for any scheduled events before you visit.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Christ Church Cathedral

2) Christ Church Cathedral (must see)

While you are in Dublin you really should visit the Christ Church Cathedral which is the oldest medieval church in the city.

In the early 11th century the Norse-Gael King, Sitric Silkenbeard, went on a pilgrimage to Rome and on his return he founded the cathedral overlooking the Viking settlement in Wood Quay. The first building was wooden and was rebuilt in stone in 1180. An extra nave and the Chapel of Saint Laurence O’Toole where added in the 13th century.

The church is somewhat unique in the fact that it is the seat of both the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Ireland and the Anglican Church of Ireland. While the cathedral remains in the church, the Archbishop uses St Mary’s Church and the cathedral is managed by the dean and chapter.

The crypt dates back to 1172 and is the largest in Ireland. It is also the earliest surviving structure in Dublin. It houses the oldest secular carvings and carved statues in the country. There is a 17th-century tabernacle and candelabras and you can see 17th-century stocks that were once set up beside the church doors to publicly punish offenders. An unusual display in the crypt is the mummified remains of a cat and a rat found trapped behind the organ.

In the crypt, you can watch a short video on the history of the cathedral and visit the cathedral shop where you will find souvenirs and documents about the beginning of Christianity in Ireland. The cathedral cafe is also to be found in the crypt; it serves sandwiches, a variety of cakes and scones and cream, as well as tea and coffee.

At the west end of the building, an ancient stone bridge leads to the former synod hall, which today is home to the Dublinia Exhibition of Medieval Dublin. The cathedral has 19 ringing bells; bell ringing is carried out by the Master of the Tower and the Ringing Master.

Why You Should Visit:
The crypt is outstanding and incredible, the belfry offers amazing views, the stories by the guides are excellent, and the architecture of the building is an art in itself!

Tip:
They have lovely lunchtime and evening concerts here if you're lucky enough to catch one.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9:30am-5pm; Sun: 12:30-2:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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St. Michan's Church

3) St. Michan's Church

Built on the site of an early Danish chapel (1095), the current structure dates largely from a reconstruction in 1686. While the exterior of the church may be unimpressive, the interior boasts some fine woodwork, and an organ (dated 1724) on which Handel is said to have composed his Messiah.

The vaults of St. Michan's uniquely contain many mummified remains. The walls in the vaults contain limestone, which has kept the air dry, creating ideal conditions for preservation. Among the preserved remains are the 400-year-old body of a nun, a six-and-a-half foot man popularly believed to have been a crusader, a body with its feet and right hand severed, and the Sheares brothers—Henry and John—who took part in the 1798 rebellion. The various holders of the title Earl of Leitrim were also interred here.

The church and vaults are open to tours on Saturdays, and seasonally on some weekdays. As an active place of worship however, the church is closed on Sunday to visitors
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Tourist Office

4) Tourist Office

At the first sight, it is difficult to tell that this old church is now the Tourist Office It was originally built as St. Andrews Church on the remains of a much older church. The building went trough many changes but still retains the look of the church.
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Pentecostal St. Mark's Church

5) Pentecostal St. Mark's Church

St. Mark's Church is a former Church of Ireland parish church in Dublin, now a Pentecostal church. It is located in Mark St., off Pearse Street, to the east of Trinity College. The church is a large building surrounded by a grassy churchyard, and was erected in the 1750s off what was then Great Brunswick St. (now Pearse St.). It was consecrated by the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Charles Cobb, on St Mark’s day (25th of April) 1757. In 1971 St Mark’s closed and its contents were largely distributed throughout the Church of Ireland and the parish records were transferred to the Representative Church Body. After its closure the building was purchased by Trinity College, Dublin who used it occasionally for exams and lectures. It was purchased by the Family Worship Centre, a Pentecostal assembly, in 1987, renovated, and re-opened as a place of worship.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Church of Saint Andrew

6) Church of Saint Andrew

Although the Church of Saint Andrew on Westland Row is a relatively “new” church compared with some of the older churches, it nevertheless played a part in the history of Dublin’s Catholics.

This lovely church was built between 1832 and 1837 by John Bolger to a Classical Roman Baroque style preferred by Catholics to the Gothic Brava style favored by other churches. It has a Doric portico with two columns. On the roof you will see the statue of Saint Andrew, sculpted by Edward Smith. It has an octagonal bell tower with a green copper cover.

The interior of the church is beautiful, with its clear walls and white relief work. The central domed ceiling is delicately painted in peach and terracotta. The organ in the gallery over the entrance was built in 1872 by John White. On the wall in the South Transept is a painting of the Martyrdom of Thomas Beckett.

In 1603, the Penal Laws came into practice in Ireland and until they were revoked in 1829, Catholics were not allowed to worship in public. They had to make to with chapels of fortune and in 1832 while the congregation was gathered in one such chapel in Townsend Street, the chimney stack from a neighboring house fell through the roof, killing and injuring several people.

This tragedy caused enormous sympathy among the non-Catholic population and because the Penal Days were over, the City Council allowed the Catholics to build a proper church. Plans to build it on Townsend Street were abandoned when the land on Westland Row was offered to them.

The Feast of Saint Andrew is held here every year on the 4th December. It consists of a special Mass, followed by a very good lunch and then a raffle is held.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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The Pepper Cannister Church

7) The Pepper Cannister Church

Saint Stephen’s Church on Mount Street is the last of the Georgian churches to be built during the expansion of Dublin, which started in the 18th century. The building is better known by its nickname – the Pepper Canister Church.

The church was built between 1821 and 1892 by the architects John Bowden and Joseph Welland, who took over following Bowden’s death. It stands on the site of the former medieval Manor of Merion, on land donated by the Pembroke family. When it was planned, the church was destined to be a chapel-at-ease for Saint Peter’s parish.

The facade is simple, with a plain pediment and two Doric columns. The door is a curiosity, being over large. On the sides of the church are several stained-glass round-topped windows. The central window at the back depicts the martyrdom of Saint Stephen. The church was completely renovated in 2010.

The clock tower is square and surmounted by eight columns surrounding the circular spire, which is topped by a green copper dome. This looks just like a pepper pot and it gave the church its nickname.

The church holds the usual services, and is also used for classical concerts, choral evenings and recitals. It is open for public visits on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but you can attend the services and events at any time.
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The Huguenot Cemetery

8) The Huguenot Cemetery

The Huguenot Cemetery (Irish: Reilig na nÚgóineach) is a small cemetery dating from 1693, located near St. Stephen's Green, Dublin, Ireland, beside the Shelbourne Hotel. Although often described as being on the green, it is actually on the north side of Merrion Row, a small street linking St. Stephen's Green with Upper Merrion Street and Ely Place. Those buried there are descendants of Huguenots who fled persecution in France following the revocation of the Edict of Nantes which had guaranteed religious freedom. The cemetery is not open to visitors, though it is visible through the railings and a list of 239 surnames of those buried is inscribed on the wall plaque to the left.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Dublin, Ireland

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dublin is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Center Souvenir Shops

City Center Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Dublin without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts which are unique to Dublin and can be purchased in the wonderful souvenir shops around the City Center.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Nassau St. Gift Shops

Nassau St. Gift Shops

It would be a pity to leave Dublin without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts which are unique to Dublin and can be purchased in the wonderful souvenir shops along Nassau St.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 km
Pub Crawl

Pub Crawl

Dubliners and the Irish in general are known for their passion for whiskey and beer. The Irish and the Scots are constantly at odds as to who makes the better whiskey and who could imagine St. Patrick's day without some famous Irish green beer ? Check out this amazing tour, that will guide you trough an area packed with pubs, and find out first hand what an Irish pub crawl means.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Temple Bar Entertainment

Temple Bar Entertainment

Temple Bar is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin, Ireland. Unlike the areas surrounding it, Temple Bar has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many narrow cobbled streets. It is promoted as Dublin's cultural quarter and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists, with locations proving to be traditional Irish hotspots

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Parks and Gardens Walking Tour

Parks and Gardens Walking Tour

In the golden age of Queen Victoria, suzerain of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Dublin grew into a wonderful and flourishing city with many parks and gardens. It has succeeded in maintaining these natural wonders over the centuries. Even in the 20th century, after a cruel modernization and remodulation in the 60s, the city of Dublin is still one of the greenest European capitals. Take this tour and breath in the green air of Dublin's parks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Old City Walk

Old City Walk

After the 1950s, Dublin went through a series of reconstruction and remodeling. Old buildings were taken down to make way for modern architecture. Despite the trend, the Old City area was preserved to keep the cultural legacy of Ireland’s history alive. Take this amazing tour to discover some of the most important venues in the Old City of Dublin.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Dublin for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Dublin has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Dublin's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Dublin Pass or Dublin Freedom Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Dublin's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Dublin hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Westin Dublin, Temple Bar Hotel, The Morgan Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Dublin, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Dublin typically costs somewhere between US$20 and US$30 or more per person:

- A Historical Walking Tour is a must for a city like Dublin that wears on its sleeve a great deal of history spanning from the times of Viking settlement to modern days! This is more than just a sightseeing walk but a brief examination of the key periods of Irish history.

- Combine educational with recreational on the entertaining crawl through Dublin's pubs that have inspired great Irish writers. This walking tour is a great introduction to Dublin's rich literary heritage complete with a chance to enjoy a few pints along the way.

- A good story and glass of whiskey is the combination hard to beat! And to learn the story of Jameson Whiskey' rich heritage is what one may definitely want to do, whilst in Dublin, on a tasting tour of Jameson Distillery, the home of Ireland's best-selling whiskey.

- If you feel like partying, why not throw yourself into a traditional Irish house party for a deeper understanding of Dublin's culture with a great deal of fun in a warm and friendly atmosphere! Good food, lively and lovely music to dance and listen to are all added to the equation.

- If you love for music commands you to go out, feel free to do so and discover Irish music in the traditional pubs of Dublin on a 2.5-hour pub crawl through historic Temple Bar. Let professional musicians take the lead and reveal to you the story of Irish music in the most suitable Irish pub setting!

- Pedal your way around Dublin on a guided bike tour to feel the city's energy and unique atmosphere, see its great sights while stopping at some of them for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the city's history and distinguished citizens from a knowledgeable group leader.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Dublin, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Northern Ireland, Kilkenny and Glendalough, or Titanic Belfast Visitor Experience and Giant’s Causeway. For as little as circa US$40+ to US$80+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites including famous rock formations, castles, caves and cloisters, discover the best of Ireland’s dramatic coastline with cliffs, historically significant monastic settlements, gain insight into Irish folklore and history, relive the tragic yet captivating story of the Titanic, and see many other landmark sites worth visiting. For any of these tours you will be picked up straight from your hotel in Dublin and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach/minibus to the destination of your choice and back again.