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“Fascinating and entertaining!”

St. Michan's Church
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US$31.26*
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Dublin Gravedigger Ghost Tour
Ranked #43 of 569 things to do in Dublin
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 25 August 2014

This was a really interesting and entertaining tour that I'd highly recommend, even if it did give me chills up my spine for the entire time we were there! The tour guide really makes the tour. He puts on a really authentic act and, at the end, I was left wondering whether he is actually one of the dead people too!! He's also really knowledgeable and has some great stories.

We got to visit two crypts and got to look around each one ourselves for a bit after the guide had given his explanation. We saw Wolfe Tone's death mask, a real written execution order, many coffins and four mummified bodies. And at the end, we got to "shake hands" with the mummy of the crusader for good luck!

It's one of those experiences that will stay with you for a long time!

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Reviewed 23 August 2014 via mobile

Attended today with my 8yo daughter. This is a fantastic little church and the tour of the crypts was fascinating. Seeing the naturally mummified deceased insitu below the church and listening to the explanation and history explained by the tour guide was very interesting. The tour of the actual crypts only took about half hour and we are all really glad we did it. The guide was very funny but also very respectful. A must see !!!

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

I'm a bit of a history buff and I was very impressed with this tour. I've brought several different groups here, including some American friends, a date and some children(!) and they all equally loved the tour, the crypt and especially the tour guide! I'd highly recommend a visit here.

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

This is a church with a difference and it's only around the corner form the Jameson Distillery. The church looks like any other church but it is very different. Underneath the building, there is a crypt!. You only have to pay a few euros and there is a very nice man, he takes you down to the crypt and you won,t believe what you see down there. First of all, you see two coffins, these are the bodies of the Shears Brothers (must google to see who these brothers are). Then he takes you further in to the crypt and there are open coffins and real Mummies one of a Crusader and some Nuns plus other. The crusader is about 800 years old. I won,t tell you the story because the gentleman does a very good job of it himself. It amazes me that this church isn't at the top of Dublins excursions, but when you go you can kill two birds with one stone because as I said Jamesons Distillery is about a 5 minute walk around the corner. MUST GO MUST SEE, check it out on google images.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Yes, we heard about the crypts and that's why we decided to go, but it's actually turned out to be much better than what I expected.

The church is just a short walk across the river from the touristy Temple Bar area. Some parts of the church a very old, including the crypts, but most of what you see above the ground is probably around two centuries old or so. That doesn't sound like much by Dublin standards, however, it feels very well preserved, but not authentic. It looks like a live church from that time, not a museum replica.

There is a small graveyard behind the church and two crypts underneath where you can get if you buy a cheap tour.

The tour is really worth it. We had a small group and we could spend as much time as we wanted and see whatever you want to see (within reasonable limits of course). They actually let you touch the mummy if you want to.

This tour is not a haunted house kind of show by any means. The guide is acting a bit weird, but he is actually very knowledgeable and respectful. He pointed out that this is an active burial place and they treat it with dignity.

We went there with a teenage girl and the outcome was some interesting conversations not above skulls and bones, but about how would those people want to have their bodies treated, how tall they were, what kind of life they had, what they were wearing - so it was more though provoking than just entertaining. So it's really more a museum grade experience than a show.

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