St. Audoen's Church
St. Audoen's Church
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Sited in the heart of the walled medieval city, St Audoen's Church is the only remaining medieval parish church in Dublin. Open April to October each year.
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  • Four Courts • 5 min walk
  • Smithfield • 6 min walk
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  • Rob H
    Dayton, Ohio74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quick and Free but so worth it!
    Not a huge tour, not glamerous but really worth a stop for the warmth and architecture of this church. Thoroughly enjoyed walking through and hearing the information as you walk in. Oldest church bells I've heard of, and they still manually ring them!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • RedondoSurferDude
    Honolulu, Hawaii159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful beauty
    This might not be the biggest or most ornate church in Dublin. But it is worth a visit. The history alone is amazing. And the staff is so knowledgeable and friendly. Take a moment to pause and experience the peace and simple elegance of this church. I am not sure the lucky stone really works, as my return flight that afternoon was canceled. 😂
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Daithi50
    County Dublin, Ireland5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to learn about the history of this medieval church and the locality.
    After a seeing a recital by St.Geoges brass band on a sunny Sunday afternoon in St.Audoens park, myself, my wife and her sister(who was visiting from Australia) went into the visitors centre. We were greeted by very friendly and engaging staff. We were given a free, very informative and well presented tour.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • JHarris_9
    256 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem in Dublin
    A beautiful church with so much history. Bells that still ring every Sunday and have done for hundreds of years. Lot’s of information in the church and a delightful way to spend an hour or so. The grounds are beautiful too. Free to go in. As others have commented in their reviews…very well worth visiting. The guides were very welcoming and I had to the good fortune to meet Benedetta Bruno and she gave me an amazing overview of the church, its history and relevance in the history of Dublin. She was delightful and informative….thanks so much for a memorable tour!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Sarah X
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unexpected gift in the heart of the city
    St. Patrick's might be more handsome, and Christ Church more impressive, but in my humble opinion, St. Audoen's is the best historical church in Dublin. Part of this might be because its curators were happy to talk to me at length about its history, the ancient street below our feet, the unconsecrated bodies (likely executed) found during renovations, and more. Yet, from its sere churchyard, to the faded stone carvings of names long worn away; from the story of its bells, captured in faintly yellow printouts, to the etched escutcheons of the city's guilds, I found it a fascinating place to explore.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Giorgia M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Under the magic rain of Dublin we found the Church of Sant'Audoen
    In addition to having found a refuge from the Irish rain, we were able to enjoy the stories and anecdotes of the Church and the city of Dublin led by Benedetta. Very interesting and she was very helpful to give us advice to fully enjoy the city. Highly recommended! All for free!!!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
  • Kirsty
    Wiltshire, United Kingdom36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful church and great volunteers
    Lovely church I stumbled upon by chance. Paula gave me a great overview of the history of the church and wider city. Beautiful church and well worth a visit! There is also a "lucky stone" you can touch which is fun!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 March 2024
  • Jill M
    Wilmington, North Carolina2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Master Class Tour
    What an unexpected surprise! Coming upon St Audoen's was divine! OPW, specifically Paula, was a fountain of historical information that kept me captivated for an hour. It is a small church, but it is big on historical significance and fascinating. Highly recommend making a stop to have a master class on the “many yesterday’s” the church has had.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 April 2024
  • Nicole S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    St. Audoen is a gem!
    Yes! I so enjoyed my trip here. A must when visiting Dublin! It is such a great mixture of old and newer history that is preserved so well. What made it even better was the sweet staff that were so knowledgeable.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 April 2024
  • I DL
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great guided tour
    Randomly looking for something to visit we entered St. Audoen’s Church and we’ve been instantly greeted by the staff, especially one of whom, Benedetta, that guided us for a very nice and thorough tour of the church, explaining us everything, from the early beginnings of Ireland to the use of the church nowadays. Also, she has been very helpful also for our planning of the trip, suggesting us where we could eat or visit! A very nice experience in few words that we recommend.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 April 2024
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Giorgia M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
In addition to having found a refuge from the Irish rain, we were able to enjoy the stories and anecdotes of the Church and the city of Dublin led by Benedetta. Very interesting and she was very helpful to give us advice to fully enjoy the city. Highly recommended!
All for free!!!
Written 2 November 2023
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DaisyChains
New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I loved St Audoen's. It's a smaller, quieter church than many of the other Dublin sites, and felt more approachable. There's a huge amount of history, with a portion of the Dublin City Wall and a city gate just behind it. The churchyard garden is a peaceful haven. Once inside the lack of crowds, friendly staff, medieval music, great signage, and history you can touch and feel made this a really nice experience. I'm not religious, but felt as though I was in the footsteps of 'real people' over the hundreds of years, people with normal hopes and worries. Maybe they found solace here just like I did. This one is a real gem.
Written 7 September 2022
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Craig B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
It's a fantastic experience in the heart of Dublin, and it's free! You can hardly say the same about Christ Church or Saint Patricks Cathedral. Both of those are good experiences but they'll take your money and, at least in my experience, leave you none the wiser. Saint Audeon's was a suprise. It's not just about the church. It's not just about Dublin's religious history. It's the history of Dublin as many Dubliners themselves hardly know it. I came away feeling like I stumbled upon a gem. Paula was absolutely brilliant. She patiently walked me threw centuries of my own city's history that I was suprised by how little I knew. There was no question she couldn't answer, and she even gave me some book recommendations to follow up. Well worth your time! More so than some of the better known cathedrals!
Written 14 June 2024
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Jim B
Dublin, Ireland25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Our guide Paula gave us a fantastic tour of St Audeons her enthusiasm and knowledge really came through. She was brilliant with one 12 year grandson and answered all his questions. Would definitely recommend.
Written 20 August 2022
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Daithi50
County Dublin, Ireland5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
After a seeing a recital by St.Geoges brass band on a sunny Sunday afternoon in St.Audoens park, myself, my wife and her sister(who was visiting from Australia) went into the visitors centre. We were greeted by very friendly and engaging staff. We were given a free, very informative and well presented tour.
Written 20 August 2023
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Jill M
Wilmington, NC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
What an unexpected surprise! Coming upon St Audoen's was divine! OPW, specifically Paula, was a fountain of historical information that kept me captivated for an hour. It is a small church, but it is big on historical significance and fascinating. Highly recommend making a stop to have a master class on the “many yesterday’s” the church has had.
Written 3 April 2024
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RAZI
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
My friend an I visited St. Audoen's Church on a Saturday. We met Benedita who was so lovely to show us around as a tour guide.
She was very knowledgable and spoke knowledge to us with excellent english
I can say that our experience was great thanks to Benedita
Written 19 June 2022
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Aleks I
London, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Drawn to look inside St Audoen's by the sound of bells pealing in its castle -like tower, Bernadetta, one of the visitor team, showed me round and, taking a real interest when I said I was a bell ringer at home, explained three of the bells were the oldest in Ireland having been cast in 1423. They still sounded great 601 years later. She was as keen to learn a bit about ringing as to share her knowledge about Dublin's oldest church and its key features in the limited time I had. I really appreciated her enthusiasm in understanding its history and bringing it to life for me, as well as giving me advice about catching the airport bus. I was only sorry I didn't have more than one day in Dublin and felt lucky to have met Bernadetta and include her among the friendly welcoming people I met in Ireland.
Written 3 May 2024
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Lynford D
Macclesfield, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
A little gem with such a powerful story. So fundamental to Dublin's medieval history. It is a great start to exploring the history of Dublin before moving onto Viking Dublina and then Christ Church Cathedral. The guides were superb in laying the story before you. A very atmospheric place.
Written 2 August 2022
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I DL
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Randomly looking for something to visit we entered St. Audoen’s Church and we’ve been instantly greeted by the staff, especially one of whom, Benedetta, that guided us for a very nice and thorough tour of the church, explaining us everything, from the early beginnings of Ireland to the use of the church nowadays.

Also, she has been very helpful also for our planning of the trip, suggesting us where we could eat or visit!

A very nice experience in few words that we recommend.
Written 20 April 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.

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