Shandon Bells and Tower, Cork City

Exterior, Shandon Tower, Cork City

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.

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.

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.

Inside The Tower

Caulfield Orpen designed the The World War one memorial and is said to be one of the finest of it's 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 for anyone in the area.

    Summer 2016 Opening Hours

  • Monday to Saturday: 10.00am- 4.00pm

  • Sunday and Bank Holidays: 11.30am- 4.00pm

  • Last entrance to tower 20 minutes before closing

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