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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
+353 1 872 4154
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Reviewed 1 week ago

oldest church north of the liffey. Church is very interesting but the highlight is the crypts. We were given a tour by a great guide who was full of information and entertaining. unique crypts not for the squeamish

Thank Teresa C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Arriving for the 2.00pm just eleven or so minutes early there, were only a half dozen people waiting so I thought the group would be small, by 2.00pm there were at least 30 people waiting, so my advice is to get there early. We were...More

Thank iamtullahlula
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though the church was small and plain the crypt made the trip worth it. Our guide was informative and told the history a funny and attention grabbing way. The mummies, though kind of spooky are very well preserved and it was exciting to know the...More

Thank semclaughlin13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the church itself is fairly plain, the crypts are worth the trip. With naturally mummified bodies, the "bad earl" and a selection of other coffins in various states of disrepair, it is interesting and probably quite creepy for most people. A couple of notes:...More

1  Thank rosserger
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stopped in late on a Saturday afternoon just before the church closed, and was fortunate enough to get a spot on the last tour--really just myself and two others. Our guide was funny and appropriately gloomy, and seemed to relish his role. He explained...More

Thank dunadan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had assumed this would be a fairly standard historical church tour with a focus on Dublin's christian and pagan roots. Given that, we expected a fair amount of time to be spent in the sanctuary. That turned out to be farthest from actuality...the tour...More

Thank tennesseeteuton
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

But definitely worth doing. Don't expect the to wander around tunnels beneath the church. The crypts are smallish and we saw two of them. The steps are narrow and steep and you have to watch your head. For those who complained about that, suck it...More

2  Thank krellier
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To tell the truth - I didn't want to take this tour. I'm so glad that I did - the tour guide was absolutely perfect for the event. Very informative in a friendly, humorous and ghoulish manner. Highly recommended (don't miss) attraction.

2  Thank Bondville
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Only had to wait a few minutes after buying my ticket to be greeted by the quirkiest and coolest tour guide in Dublin. This guy has a wacky personality that makes you instantly love him! He was so friendly and knowledgable about the crypts, which...More

Thank Lauren K
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Unfortunately the day I went, the tour guide was not there due to some scheduling mix-up and he was so late that I left after waiting about 70 minutes. It was still possible to see the little church, but apparently one couldn't enter the crypt...More

Thank Teresa742
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Gwen S
Hello we will be in Dublin Saturday the 9 September 2017 do we just turn up .. because we can't give an exact time due to flight arrival... thx
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.
Hello Travelling to Ireland next week and looking to visit the church. I understand tours are 6e but just wondering are there tours throughout the day and what time the last one of the day is? Also, are there bathroom facilities on site?
2 April 2017|
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.
did you book a tour ( if so - which one and how much ) - or was the guide provided with the tour ? thanks - we will be there in April and thought this would be interesting.
4 March 2017|
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Response from FatherofthreeinKS | Reviewed this property |
No, we just showed up during hours they were open and paid a gentleman the fee and waited in the pretty church for a tour guide, who showed up eventually. This operation is very informal, but I imagine the fees we curious... More