St. Anne's Church, Cork

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Explore one of the city's most prominent landmarks and ring its legendary at bells at St. Anne's Church. Overlooking the River Lee, this 18th-century church is a symbol of the city and was made famous by the 19th-century song "The Bells of Shandon." Already deeply historical, the building is also remarkable because of its construction of red sandstone from the original Shandon castle and limestone from the now derelict Franciscan Abbey. Though the renovated interior is fairly modern in design, it boasts an array of interesting treasures including a christening font from 1629. Ascend the narrow staircase to ring the centuries-old church bells and see spectacular views of Cork. Those on a tight schedule can bypass the clock tower; known by locals as "The Four-Faced Liar," the time it gives depends on the wind and the angle of the viewer. Before you head to Cork, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Cork holiday planner, to make sure you see all that Cork has to offer, including St. Anne's Church.
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  • August 15, 2017
    On a well overdue tour of my city and high up (excuse the pun) on the list is Shandon Bells (St. Anne's Church). Friendly and helpful ladies in charge, the church is so pretty and full of history. The...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    A truly stunning old church with unrivalled views of the city once you manage the steps. Really worth a visit but one word of caution; most times of daylight hours won't present a hazard to life and l...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Wouldn't want to be the neighbours during the height of tourist season, but what fun to ring the Shandon Bells.  more »
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    Architectural old church
  • May 26, 2016
    Beautiful St Patricks church God bless all our priests struggling in these evil times. Faith of our Fathers we will be true to thee till death
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  • April 17, 2017
    Very nice, both outside and inside.
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Where to stay in Cork

A destination in and of itself, Cork City has a dense center with plenty of hotels and hostels. Head north of the city center for affordable options like mid-range hotels and guesthouses. From here, you can walk or bike to all of the sights in the heart of the city. If everything is booked, or if you've simply come to explore the city's surrounding nature, check out the campgrounds about ten minutes from the center of town by car. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and other pensions in the outskirts, which can be a good option if you're using the city as a base for exploring the sights of Cork County.
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