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Gallarus Oratory Dingle Penninsula Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Gallarus Oratory, Dingle PenninsulaIEKerryDingle
+353 66 915 5333gallarusoratory.ie
Archaeological SiteToday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am – 8:00 pmTuesday 9:00 am – 8:00 pmWednesday 9:00 am – 8:00 pmThursday 9:00 am – 8:00 pmFriday 9:00 am – 8:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am – 8:00 pmSunday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Gallarus Oratory is an early Christian site of unknown age but most likely to have been constructed between the 7th and 12th centuries. Situated to the south-east of Smerwick Harbour on the western end of the Dingle Peninsula, Gallarus Oratory is one of the few remaining churches of this type to survive intact today.


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Simple, sandstone archaeological site of unknown age and the only unrestored example in Ireland.- Google
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Marty Coleman
2 weeks ago
Beautiful ancient structure built without mortar. Must be one of Irelands most iconic buildings. We visited on a lovely sunny afternoon and the site was just absolutely stunning. The stillness of the whole area combined with the sound of birds humming and great vistas all around make this a terrific stop. Easy to get to and good information and facilities available at centre. Good value stop.
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Mihir Meghani
2 years ago
This is not an exciting place to see. In other words, don't make a special trip to it. It is interesting. There is a 10 min video & then you visit the place, which has a fascinating history. It is just off the main road. The entry fee is 3 euros. So given the price & location, no downside to seeing it, but if I had a choice, I would rather spend it watching the ocean & coasts. You can get its history from reading, and spend about 15 minutes in the whole site. It is, however, an important historical monument, & I do value that. This is an old church build in a special way.
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Tommy O Sullivan
10 months ago
Fascinating site, O P W man was great with the historical facts and pointed me to other sites close by.
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gaspard frere
3 years ago
one of the first chruch in the world ano 300
Tristam Shandy
2 weeks ago
Don't pay the 3 euro!! The site is free to visit, the 3 euro only goes to person who owns the parking lot, basically taking advantage of tourists (Verified through Heritage Ireland). I appreciate its historic value and significance. You can find the history of it online through reading. There is room for probably one car along the road, but since you'll only be there for about 15 minutes, tops, you can park on that road, there's not much traffic anyway. To get to there, follow the signs for the Oratory, go to the car park, then turn around and leave the car park, take a left at the stop sign and there will be a spot to pull over on the left side of the road about 400 meters. If you need a toilet, there are towns less than a 5 minute drive from the site, you can find a pub, use the toilet, grab a pint, repeat.
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Mark Speight
a year ago
I went here as a kid (i was 11) and I am now 38. It is one of my favorite memories of ireland. Cant tell you why.. but it is a special place. Mabye Christ was worshipped well there and the stones remember him.
gerald donaghy-black
2 years ago
gallarus is quite a spiritual place, accessible free from the campsite next to it. set in the most beautiful and tranquil surroundings. certainly a must see.
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Jay Chappell
a year ago
What an awesome history lesson on the Dingle peninsula!