Visit Christ Church and tour the Dublinia exhibition in Dublin

A visit to Christ Church is a must on a trip to Dublin.. This temple in the capital of Ireland is almost a millennium old and is much more than a great church. Inside, an exciting journey through the history of the city awaits you. The name of this interesting exhibition is Dublinia.

The Dublinia exhibition

You must reserve a time of your trip to Dublin to visit the Dublinia exhibition. It is accessed from Christ Church through a bridge. Is installed in the Synod Hall, a building adjacent to this large church. The exhibition occupies up to three floors.

In it you can see what life was like in the city centuries ago. But it is not the typical exhibition museum in which they show you some painting and many other texts. In Dublinia you will immerse yourself in this environment thanks to the curious formula used by the museum.


In the exhibition you will see scenes of everyday life in the Irish capital. Scenes recreated in real size. A unique experience that, in addition to teaching you about the history of the city, will make you have a good time.

the viking city

Viking Scene – Gabriella Andrade /

As we said, it is not a classic museum. in Dublinia you can enjoy the theatrical performance of various actors. Dressed in period costumes, the “Vikings” show you what their way of life was like. In addition, they invite visitors to participate in their recreations, and you can even take photos dressed as one of them.

Also in the exhibition several examples of streets, houses and buildings representative of Viking society are shown. In this way, you will be able to understand in depth what the city was like at that time, the ways of life, the relationships in society or the ways of defending and attacking other settlements.

medieval dublin

Medieval Scene – Adrian /

at the exhibition you can also enter the house of a merchant in the city in the Middle Ages. Thus, you will know the products with which they were traded. And they also show you what the streets of Dublin were like at that time.

The exhibition, therefore, It is ideal if you are going to travel to the city with children. It is entertaining and very educational. Although it is also interesting for adults.

Meet Christ Church

But before entering the museum you have to see Christ Church, the cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Dublin. It was built in the year 1038so it is about to celebrate two thousand years of history.

Crypt – James Stringer /

Its oldest part and one of its main attractions is the crypt. It can be turned into a maze for all the corridors it has. In fact, there are legends of people who have entered the crypt of Christ Church and not come out.

In the crypt you can see torture objects typical of the medieval period. Although the most characteristic are two mummies that remain in view of the attendees. It is a cat and a mouse that were found in this state in the 19th century and are now part of the exhibition.

What else to see in Christ Church

Church Interior – Michael Foley/

Another interesting part of the temple is its bells. The oldest remains in the cathedral since its creation in the 11th century. Since then several more have been added in later times. Currently, the church has 19 bells.

On the visit to Christ Church you can climb the tower. There you will see the bells up close and you can even touch them. Since there are so many, it is possible to create melodies. The guides will explain all the secrets about these instruments.

As for the church, you can visit the sarcophagus of one of the financiers of Christ Church. Next to him there is another smaller one, which is said to be that of his own son, whom he killed with a sword for showing cowardice in battle.

A curiosity of the temple is that seven years ago a reliquary was stolen containing the dissected heart of cleric Laurence O’Toole. This was another tourist attraction of Christ Church, but since its theft the perpetrator has not been found.

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