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St. Michan's Church

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Address: Church St. Lower, Dublin DUBLIN 7, Ireland
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+353 1 872 4154
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14:00 - 16:45
10:00 - 12:45
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Mon - Fri 14:00 - 16:45
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 12:45
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Underneath the church are five long burial vaults containing the mummified...

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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We enjoyed our tour of the crypt. It was a small group of about 10 people. The church itself is not hing to write home about, but the crypt was very interesting. The tour guide... read more

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Davenport, IA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed our tour of the crypt. It was a small group of about 10 people. The church itself is not hing to write home about, but the crypt was very interesting. The tour guide was entertaining and informative. He is very animated. The stairs to the crypt are very steep and narrow and would be difficult to do with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

walked to church from st Stephens green luas stop, bit of a trek but a nice walk through Dublin city centre. The tour guide is fantastic, very knowledgeable, very odd (in a good way) and he puts on a great performance - making an effort to include everyone on the tour and acknowledging the different nationalities. It's a one-off experience... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

St. Michan's church is still a functioning church. Underneath the church are vaults containing the mummified remains of several people. It's an interesting tour with some great information. A bit creepy and the vaults are supposedly haunted.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very animated tour guy..he made you feel creeped out..it was great! Don't try the crypt viewing if you have bad knees, steps are rather steep.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am writing about the tour of the underground crypt, not the church itself.Don't get me wrong, I found this a good experience well worth the time and money. For me the 3 star rating had a lot to do with the short length of the tour, the small crypts space itself, and the personal uneasiness I felt at peering... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The church itself isn't much to see, although the organ might have been famously played by Handel. The crypts are below, and their guide will take you through them and provide background. They are a bit creepy, with skeletons, bones, and mummified bodies strewn about inside the various chambers. I'd been told one of the mummies could be touched for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small attraction but definitely worth the visit. The guide was wonderfully odd and very knowledgeable. You can even see the perfectly preserved finger and toenails on one of the mummies.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was really a great tour! The mister who gave the tour was priceless. At first we didn't know what to think of him. But he was so great. Our son (5 years old) loved him. The mister gave us enough time to translate things for him. So funny he made him guess the sex of the mummies and more.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Got dragged here by husband, claiming they had "mummies." I had no idea what he was talking about, but I like old churches so figured it would be at least interesting to explore. The church itself isn't anything extraordinary, but they offer a tour into their crypt. IT. WAS. AWESOME. The man that took us down got totally into character,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

A bit different than most tourist sites. Not for those frightened of ghosts and bodies, but exceptionally interesting and some unique history. Highly recommended.

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