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St. Michan's Church

Church St. Lower, Dublin DUBLIN 7, Ireland
+353 1 872 4154
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Underneath the church are five long burial vaults containing the mummified remains of many of Dublin's most influential 17th, 18th and 19th century families, including the legendary Shears brothers and the highly decorated coffins of the Earl's of Leitrim. Since Victorian times visitors have descended the vault steps to see the mummies and Bram Stoker, creator of the "Dracula" stories is believed to have visited the vaults in the company of his family. In one vault can be seen the remains of the "Crusader" though in fact he is only 650 years dead. The early visitors to the vaults were responsible for many of the myths and legends surrounding the bodies, though modern scientific investigations have cast doubts on many of these stories. Nevertheless, a visit to the Crypts to see the historic mummies is a remarkable experience.
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Church St. Lower, Dublin DUBLIN 7, Ireland
North City Centre
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+353 1 872 4154
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This old Anglican Church dates from the 1600's. The first Christian chapel on the site dates back to 1095 and was originally a Catholic Church until the Reformation. BEFORE it was a Christian Chapel, it was the site of a NORSE chapel. The interior is...More

1  Thank Diana H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a last minute add on to our trip to Dublin. So glad we took the time to take this quick tour. The tour guide was fantastic and very informative. Even though the crypt was a little creepy, we learned quite a bit about...More

Thank PinkyPal
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This small church offers a short visit to the crypts which contain early remains and coffins. Not worth the visit at all. The two crypts are cramped, one not lit at all and it is impossible to see the macabre remains. It was part of...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For the cost and the information this tour is a hidden little gem! Our tour guide was hilariously weird and funny. It take about 30 mins. Is close to the Jameson distillery. Stop bye for sure! No bathrooms though so make sure you use one...More

1  Thank Jesscali89
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour guide was definitely entertaining and we enjoyed visiting the tombs under the church. Worth visiting.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very ghoulish exhibit. It begins in the church, and ends underneath the church. The groups are gathered in the church, and your tour guide will assemble the group to descend into the crypts. Some of the crypts are still active. That is,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not every city can offer you the opportunity to see a 900 year old crypt. It was interesting and guide was a character.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to reach the church just in time for the crypt tour and were welcomed by an amazing story teller, who gave the 2 crypts character. Needless to say, the tour appeared shorter than it really was! We would choose this attraction...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here on a trip to Dublin with the family in early April. I’m a bit scared of churches and graveyards but I managed to pluck up the courage to visit before we left. We walked into the church to enquire about the tour of...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the oldest churches in Dublin dating back hundreds of years. Beneath it are fascinating crypts where you can, by guided tour see the coffins and some of the mummified bodies of several prestigious families from history including the infamous Lord Leitrim...More

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LadyPhedre
24 September 2017|
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Response from Teresa742 | Reviewed this property |
It was 3 or 4 Euros this year. Call ahead to make sure they'll have a tour guide available when you wish to go or you won't get to see the crypt.
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Gwen S
21 May 2017|
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Response from JeffroNZ | Reviewed this property |
Yep we just turned up, had a look around the church while we waited for the next tour and we were good.
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MichelleMoore84
2 April 2017|
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Response from razzy38 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are tours throughout the day, never any formal times, just present yourself at the door and ask, you might have to wait no more than 30 minutes for a tour to start. Not sure when they close.
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