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“The church beneath the four-faced liar”
Review of St. Anne's Church

St. Anne's Church
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$19.98*
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Cork Audio Tour
Ranked #8 of 157 things to do in Cork
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 27, 2013

My father grew up under the shadow of shandon and it was nice to return there with him. For once, we actually visited the church too. You can, for a small fee, go up the tower and have a go at ringing the bells, but we just looked around the church. Some nice windows and a neat little church without too much ostentation. There was a poignant memorial plaque to a former vicar who had died in a cholera epidemic.

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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Called the 4 face liar because no two clocks on either of the four sides told the same time. It is situated about 7 minutes up from the centre of the city on a slight incline, it is one of the many things to do in this area of the city It is just a stones throw from the magnificant Roman Catholic Cathedral called St Mary's whose spires also reach into the sky , Across the road is the Butter Museum and the Firkane Crane which houses the robes and history of the Cork Ballet founder Joan Denise Moriarty. All these are within two minutes walk of each other. There is also another fine building with huge columns and arches which used to be a butter market in the late 188o's or early 1900's but this is lying idle. Anyway getting back to my visit to Shandon Bells we met a very pleasant lady who gave us ear muffs and told us to make our way up. It is quiet steep and keeps going round and round until we came to the where the Bells could be played. These consist of 8 ropes each numbered which could be pulled in the order of the songs you wanted to play There were about twenty tunes but the one I liked best was Amazing grace which I had a couple of go's at as I wouldn't go any further with the climbing. I am in my 70's but my son and his wife went all the way up to the parapet where they had 4 different views of the city one on each side The said it was great Well worth the extra climb. Afterwards we had tea scones and cup cake in the Buttercup café 2 minutes away across by the butter museum. Beautiful. We had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Thanks again Cork

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Reviewed August 21, 2013

A great climb up to the top of the Church. I enjoyed ringing the bells on the lower floor - there is a music sheet for those who would like to have a go. The last few floors aren't for the faint hearted though! Ladders and quiet narrow staircases await.

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

It is great, you get to walk all the way up the tower by yourself, unsupervised. You can ring the bells half we up, we played Happy Birthday and Nearer My God to Thee (which didn't sound anything like it with our rhythm). You also sort of climb right by the bells when people are ringing them downstairs (you have to wear sound blocking headphones), and it's all very fun. Great view too. 5 euro well spent!

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

This is one of the best attractions in Cork. You can climb the tower, see how the clock and the bells work, see a wonderful panorama of all the city and, best of all, play the bells!
You have ropes to pull, each one with a number for a different note, and you can also find songs to play: it's not hard and very funny!
And all in perfect safety: you are given ear protectors at the entrance.
You just have to know that the stairs are narrow and you can meet pigeons.
Worth more than a visit!

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