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. Using our world travel planner, Cork attractions like St. Anne's Church can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • for 5 euros you can climb to the top of this church and halfway up ring the bells . great views at the top and once down please please please chat to mary on the door she is a lovely lady with a wealt...  more »
  • This was such a lovely place. We were able to have a look round the church before climbing the stairs to ring the bells. Several tunes are made out in numbers and 8 bells are numbered. I played Amazin...  more »
  • St Anne's Church / Shandon Bells wasn't initially on my to-visit list but my gosh am I glad I went. Entry is 5 euro, cash only and is well worth it. Be prepared to scale 130+ steps, manoeuvre through ...  more »

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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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