St. Anne's Church
St. Anne's Church
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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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 Africa401 contributions
Apr 2022
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 ?
Written May 6, 2022
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Julie H
Hammondsport, NY100 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 July 9, 2022
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Explorer03
Cibolo, TX290 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 December 29, 2022
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Flamingo D
Ohio City, OH7 contributions
Apr 2022
We went to visit here, following a map drawn by a masseuse Niamh, in the Escape Spa and on her recommendaion. We loved every minute of it. Once the steps were climbed(and a little out of breath, due to our vintage), we were met with the most amazing views of the city. Lovely grounds and the bells were amazing. Would highly recommend,
Written May 9, 2022
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Steven O
Cork, Ireland6 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Being from cork and working abroad has brought many friends here to visit. Everytime we take a trip here to show the views and history of the area and the building itself.The staff here Marissa and Mary are the nicest most welcoming people you will meet and are a credit to Cork City. I highly recommend a visit here for the view and to meet great people! 👌
Written May 27, 2021
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Yanie P
Indonesia316 contributions
May 2019
They allow you to play a song using the bell in the tower then you can go up to see the charming Cork from the top after. There are 8 ropes attached to 8 bells, you pull on the ropes and the bells ring. Simple and fun. Very friendly staff and very reasonably priced. Worth a visit when in Cork!
Written April 7, 2020
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nadinedalyfinn
Newbridge11 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Quirky fun experience in cork city. Climb the bell tower for a fantastic view of cork city. Pre covid you could ring the bells but unfortunately cant now. Would advise that the stairs do get very steep and narrrow the further up you go and also a funny little climb through part once you get to the bells to continue up the tower to the viewing balcony. We really enjoyed as a quirky fun activity but may not be suitable for people with mobility issues.
Written August 9, 2021
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Phil D
Cork, Ireland22 contributions
Mar 2021
Was visiting family down in Cork and got a hankering for mass. popped in for a sermon and by god does he know how to work an alter. some people say that the younger priests lack passion and drive. But No this young priest had me hanging on to every word. I would also say that this was the best communion I've had west of Lourdz
Written January 7, 2022
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Eli Romary
80 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
My partner and I came here at the recommendation from a friend. The woman working the desk was really friendly and answered all of our questions. The church itself is a positive and safe space to any and all. And the climb to the top is awesome! Although be warned, it gets super narrow at the top and requires some climbing maneuvers! The view from the top is gorgeous. Also be on the lookout for Bláthín the lizard!
Written July 20, 2021
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Theo S
3 contributions
Oct 2014 • Family
My self and the wife with our two children under two climbed the tower at St Ann's Church and rang the bells, that was great fun, really enjoyed this. The 5 Euro cost is a fair price. The view from the top is so beautiful a full 360 view of cork city, just stunning. The climb to the top is steep enough and narrow, but highly recommended if you able for it. The old clock workings was great to see. The Church itself is charming and well worth a short visit.The 5 Euro fee is just for climbing the tower but if do not wish to do this it's free to enter the church.
One of the best things to visit when in Cork city.
Written November 17, 2014
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