Gallarus Oratory
Gallarus Oratory
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Ancient church built over 1,000 years ago.
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  • Sharon G
    Bay Village, Ohio58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great video summary just before entering the welcome building.
    Interesting to see the ancient oratory. The video just outside the entry building was a really helpful overview of the oratory and Kilmalkedar church about a mile away. I actually found Kilmalkedar church to be more inspiring and would recommend that even over the oratory. Both are significant, though, so if you have time to see them both I do recommend it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • CumbrianDan
    London, United Kingdom57 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If passing: pop in.
    The information video before actually seeing the church was brilliant and really helped to set the scene and to tell the incredible story of this beautiful church. Such a fascinating piece of Irish history. The facilities were brilliant - adequate parking, a decent WC block and a very informative and welcoming attendant. No question too big or small.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 March 2024
  • gary f
    Cleveland, Ohio310 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely beautiful venue!
    The Gallarus Oratory is the oldest church in Ireland and it's located in a beautiful serene setting. Very scenic and extremely quiet. I was awestruck and the majesty of this simple stone building. Our driver, Michael Blake, The Killarney Driver, took us here as a spur of the moment stops and we are glad he did. The visiter's center is very nice and the movie about the church is very well done. highly recommended.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2024
  • Trip43615660509
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Experience
    We had such a lovely time here. It was a very quick walk. They believe this old Christian church was built sometime between the 9th and the 12th century. Traditionally it is believed whoever could climb out through the small window would have their soul cleansed, allowing them guaranteed access to heaven. Well, I definitely couldn’t get through, ha. The man working at the front was extremely kind. My father suffered from a Covid related injury, leaving it difficult for him to walk. He let my father drive through so that he could see the historic landmark.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 May 2024
  • daodrisceoil
    Cork, Ireland2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gallarus Oratory Scam
    The paid access through the 'Visitor Centre' is a SCAM. Access to the oratory, a National Monument, is free 24/7, by going 200/300m further east. There is a parking area there (no charge) and the walk from your car is far shorter. The unwary visitor is led to believe that the 'Gallarus Oratory' that appears on Google Maps, for example, is the official carpark, visitor centre, and only access. It is not. Remember, the free access, which is a shorter and better way to visit the Oratory is 200/300m eastwards from the SCAM and unfortunately better signposted access. I repeat, avoid the scam. It is a disgrace that it is there. The information there is poor at best. It leaves a bad taste. AVOID and DO NOT PAY the disgraceful scammers.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 June 2024
  • Joseph S
    47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great attraction
    Church was a standing ancient church outside of Dingle near an end of Slea Head Drive. It is a fully intact stone structure, including roof. There is a small ancient cemetery attached to the location. The facility offers a video overview as well. They are more than accommodating and permit the cars of those who cannot walk the distance to drive up much closer.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 July 2024
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Joseph S
47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Couples
Church was a standing ancient church outside of Dingle near an end of Slea Head Drive. It is a fully intact stone structure, including roof. There is a small ancient cemetery attached to the location. The facility offers a video overview as well. They are more than accommodating and permit the cars of those who cannot walk the distance to drive up much closer.
Written 11 July 2024
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Ray Smilie
Banbury, UK8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
A very interesting stop off on our trip around Ireland. The entrance price is fair, and the building is really amazing. There is a shop and cafe on site, but the cafe was closed on our visit.
Written 8 July 2024
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Paul F
Caversham, UK226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Loved the history of this beautiful site. Helpful staff to answer our questions and a lovely video to explain the story of the site and these building in general.
Written 29 June 2024
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Peter O
Tralee, Ireland15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
I live about 50km from this site. I have visited many times, but not in the last 10 years or so. What a letdown, I arrived to the site to discover that you now have to pay €5 per person to see the oratory. This was always free of charge in the past. I do not know whether this is a private or public enterprise, that restricts the access to the site. The oratory itself is in the same perfect condition, as it has been, for the past 1400 years. It is well worth seeing.
Afterwards I discovered that 75 metres up the road, there is still a public right of way access to the site, free to use with no charge. So everyone park your car, and go back to the road, walk 75 metres and explore the site to your heart's content. You will avoid the rip off charge.
Written 26 June 2024
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Lolo
Phalaborwa, South Africa102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Fascinating to see how this building has stood the test of time, most amazing views from here too. Worth the small entrance fee and the short walk to get there.
Written 16 June 2024
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daodrisceoil
Cork, Ireland2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
The paid access through the 'Visitor Centre' is a SCAM. Access to the oratory, a National Monument, is free 24/7, by going 200/300m further east. There is a parking area there (no charge) and the walk from your car is far shorter. The unwary visitor is led to believe that the 'Gallarus Oratory' that appears on Google Maps, for example, is the official carpark, visitor centre, and only access. It is not.

Remember, the free access, which is a shorter and better way to visit the Oratory is 200/300m eastwards from the SCAM and unfortunately better signposted access.

I repeat, avoid the scam. It is a disgrace that it is there. The information there is poor at best. It leaves a bad taste. AVOID and DO NOT PAY the disgraceful scammers.
Written 14 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Priscila F
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
I loved that place. The staff was very nice. They showed me a video before and then I could go to the church. It is amazing infrastructure. I recommend it 100 %
Written 11 June 2024
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Catherine K
Mendocino County, CA176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
One perfect, beautiful piece of Irish monastic history. Worth the stop to admire the dry stone construction and admire the views.
Written 10 June 2024
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Trip43615660509
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We had such a lovely time here. It was a very quick walk. They believe this old Christian church was built sometime between the 9th and the 12th century. Traditionally it is believed whoever could climb out through the small window would have their soul cleansed, allowing them guaranteed access to heaven. Well, I definitely couldn’t get through, ha.

The man working at the front was extremely kind. My father suffered from a Covid related injury, leaving it difficult for him to walk. He let my father drive through so that he could see the historic landmark.
Written 21 May 2024
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Ken S
St. Lucia298 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We were a group of 24. Did not want to go with the group but needed to use the toilet. They wanted to charge me the Admission fee of 7 euro to use the men’s room. I said that I have a medical condition that I have to go often. The very rude person on the pay desk told me no unless you pay. You will have to go pee outside. Really nice Irish hospitality here. Most of our group that went to view said it was a waste of money.
Written 9 May 2024
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