St. Anne's Church
St. Anne's Church
4.5
10:00 - 16:00
Monday
10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 16:00
Friday
10:00 - 16:00
Saturday
10:00 - 16:00
Sunday
11:30 - 16:00
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One of Cork's most prominent landmarks, you can enjoy the unique experience of ringing the original 18th Century Church bells, view the mechanism of the famous four faced liar clock, climb the tower to experience spectacular views of Cork City and beyond and visit the beautiful interior of St, Anne's church, one of Cork's oldest buildings.
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  • Andre H
    Cape Town, South Africa416 contributions
    Unique Experience
    Fortunately when we visited the Shandon Bells & Tower in April we were able to ring the bells. The Tower & St Anne;s Church are 2 separate buildings , entrance is 5 euros pp to ring the bells , the church is free. Suggest parking at the church as parking very limited in the area. The tower is 36m high & to reach the top you must climb 132 steps & it gets very narrow near the top. Each visitor is given a set of ear muffs should someone ring the bells while you passing by them There are 8 ropes/cables on the 1st floor that you pull. If you do it fairly quickly you can create a reasonable tune. Once at the top you have 360 degree views of Cork City which was cool as we could see places we had already visited like St Fin Barre. Its something fun & different to do. How often in this day & age do you get a chance to ring old church bells ?
    Visited April 2022
    Written 6 May 2022
  • PandFB
    Wirral, United Kingdom383 contributions
    A Cork Icon!
    One of the must-see places in Cork with its famous bell tower that stands out on the Cork skyline. The distinctive golden fish weather vane helps you to navigate towards the church on foot. The bell tower contains the famous Shandon Bells of Cork and the entrance fee allows you to climb the bell tower, passing right by the bells to an outer viewing platform. Because you have to pass the bells at the top of the tower you are provided with ear defenders at the entrance. The climb is a bit tricky and awkward in places but at seventy two I managed without mishap, although climbing and descending requires a deal of give and take between those in the tower! But once you have made the climb the view from the top brings a great reward and provides a 360 degree vista of the City. At the first floor level there is even an opportunity to try a little bell ringing for yourself with handy instructions posted next to the bell chords. On the ground floor you can enter the church itself.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2023
  • Julie H
    Hammondsport, New York101 contributions
    What a view!
    Steep climb up extremely narrow twisting stairs, so not ideal for those who are claustrophobic or not in good physical shape. Definitely not for those who are nervous about heights. The climb is very much worth it for the view! It's an absolutely breathtaking view. Ringing the bells is also a lot of fun There's a small fee for climbing the tower. There is no fee for looking around in the church and it is a very pretty old sanctuary with a nice wooden ceiling. There's even a small display of old books.
    Visited June 2022
    Written 9 July 2022
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CharlieV2011
Chicago, IL1,611 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
I absolutely loved my experience here! Climbing to the top of the church and viewing the city on a nice sunny day was so much fun. The staircase is very narrow so it may take some time waiting for others coming from the opposite direction as no more than one person can get through at a time. The inside of the church was nice and very peaceful! I’m glad I made my way to this church!
Written 18 July 2023
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Raqib Huq
Manchester, UK12 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
Visited by accident to go up the tower. They have church bells that you can ring and play tunes on, complete with instructions on how to play tunes on them! Amazing
Written 12 July 2023
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Anne Graf
Cork, Ireland13 contributions
Aug 2022
What a great view of Cork city form the top of the tower. And we got play the bells. Not every day you get to do that. The church has really old feel and hold so much within it. A great outing.
Written 10 June 2023
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AvanSwieten
Leiden, The Netherlands79 contributions
May 2023 • Solo
Very fun and out of the ordinary church visit. Climbing up the small stairs, getting to ring the bells myself (and actually being able to play a tune, thanks to the instructions which are hung up) and having a beautiful view over Cork once you get to the top. In the church below there is a LGBT flag... in church! So progressive and inclusive, I was moved by it.
Written 5 June 2023
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Avidesh
Coventry, UK558 contributions
May 2023
A lovely church in a lovely city. We had the opportunity to ring the bells here and climb to the church tower. Both activities were good fun and some of the highlights of my trip to Cork.
Written 22 May 2023
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HappyDiner80
Brighton and Hove, UK86 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
A fantastic place to visit, well worth a walk up the steps to ring the church bells, then go further to view the city from the top of the tower.
Written 20 May 2023
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PandFB
Wirral, UK383 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
One of the must-see places in Cork with its famous bell tower that stands out on the Cork skyline. The distinctive golden fish weather vane helps you to navigate towards the church on foot. The bell tower contains the famous Shandon Bells of Cork and the entrance fee allows you to climb the bell tower, passing right by the bells to an outer viewing platform. Because you have to pass the bells at the top of the tower you are provided with ear defenders at the entrance. The climb is a bit tricky and awkward in places but at seventy two I managed without mishap, although climbing and descending requires a deal of give and take between those in the tower! But once you have made the climb the view from the top brings a great reward and provides a 360 degree vista of the City.

At the first floor level there is even an opportunity to try a little bell ringing for yourself with handy instructions posted next to the bell chords. On the ground floor you can enter the church itself.
Written 10 April 2023
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Explorer03
Cibolo, TX291 contributions
Dec 2022
The church and bell tower was a nice excursion to our trip. We climbed up the tower. The climb up the steps will be a little narrow at times. On the first floor we were able to pull on the cords to play the bells. The had sheets of Christmas songs hanging up telling you what sequence to pull the eight cord to play the song. My wife, daughter and I enjoyed this prior to ascending up to the top of the tower. The view was pretty nice and you can see all of Cork from here. At one point you will negative around a low beam and then up to another stair well. This area is where you can see the bells.

The church itself is quaint and nice. We enjoyed it as a stop on our walk around Cork.
Written 29 December 2022
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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK6,000 contributions
Jun 2022
Bit of a trek to get to the tower, and some very steep steps to get to the top of the tower, but the views are quite good. I enjoyed ringing the church bells to the various tunes detailed on the bell ringing landing
Written 10 July 2022
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Julie H
Hammondsport, NY101 contributions
Jun 2022
Steep climb up extremely narrow twisting stairs, so not ideal for those who are claustrophobic or not in good physical shape. Definitely not for those who are nervous about heights. The climb is very much worth it for the view! It's an absolutely breathtaking view. Ringing the bells is also a lot of fun
There's a small fee for climbing the tower. There is no fee for looking around in the church and it is a very pretty old sanctuary with a nice wooden ceiling. There's even a small display of old books.
Written 9 July 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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