Shandon Tower, Co. Cork, captured on one of our Ireland Tours Shandon Tower, Co. Cork, captured on one of our Ireland Tours

Shandon Bells and TowerCork City

The Four Faced Liar

Built in 1722 and overlooking North Gate Bridge, Shandon Tower is one of the most Famous members of Cork City's skyline. Originally the site housed St. Mary's Church before it relocated to Shandon Street in 1693. At the start of the 18th century the area around Shandon became the hub of the world's butter trade.

Shandon Tower, Shandon Street, Cork, Ireland

A Cork Treasure

The famous Red and White sporting colours of the Cork teams in both Gaelic Football and Hurling are said to have their origins within the walls of Shandon Tower. The North and East walls are made of red sandstone while the South and West walls are made of a white ashlar limestone.

  • Inside the Tower

      The eight bells of The Shandon Tower are accessible through steep steps which takes you up past the clockwork operating the four sized clockface. These clockfaces became known locally as 'the four faced liar' due to the four clocks seemingly never showing the same time. The salmon shaped weather vane known as 'the goldie fish' is four meters long and covered in gold leaf.

      Caulfield Orpen designed the The World War one memorial and is said to be one of the finest of its kind. There are five stunning stained glass windows including St. Luke's window by Hubert McGoldrick. After climbing the 132 steps the views on Cork City are nothing short of breathtaking. Ringing the bells that are heard across the city of Cork is a once in a life time experience. Definitely a must see on an Ireland tour.

      November to February 11am-3pm (Monday to Saturday), 11.30am-3pm (Sunday)
      March, April, May, October 10am-4pm (Monday to Saturday), 11.30am-4pm (Sunday)
      June to September 10am-5pm (Monday to Saturday), 11.30am-4.30pm (Sunday)
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    While The Shandon Tower is not included on the following tours you can visit it independently, during your free time in Cork City.

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