The Shandon Bells (The Four Faced Liar)

Those of us who were born and bred in Cork will look fondly upon the Church of St. Anne, known internationally as the Shandon Bells and evermore so as the Four Faced Liar. This wonderful Cork landmark is one of the most iconic buildings in the city and overlooks the streets, rivers and bridges for miles around. When the bells toll, people stop, smile, and feel grateful for it’s presence in our wonderful city.

To fully understand the importance of this landmark and its place in the identity of Cork as a whole, we strongly recommend that you pay a visit for an hour or two.

Church of St Anne Cork

Some interesting facts about the Shandon Bells:

  • St Anne’s Church was the first ever building to have a four-faced clock until the building of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in London.
  • The church was built in 1722 and has always been an integral part of culture and worship for the people of Cork.
  • The landmark earned it’s fond nickname ‘The Four Faced Liar’ in the 1840’s when, after installation, some locals realised that not one of the clocks four faces showed the same time.
  • The bells of St. Anne’s were originally cast in 1750, and twice more in 1869 and 1908.
  • There are 132 steps to the top of the building.

If you are lucky enough to spend some time exploring the Shandon Bells, we would highly recommend that you take the 132 steps to the top of the building, where you can experience views that are unmatched across the rest of the city. You should also note that all visitors to the church are welcome to ring the bells during opening hours, the trip is worth it for this opportunity alone!

Admission fees are very reasonable and go towards the upkeep of our beautiful church. Adult tickets cost €5, €2.50 for children (under 5’s free) and family tickets only €12.

Make sure you bring your camera on this outing; you won’t believe the views from the top!

Our hotel takes it’s name from our location just around the corner from the Shandon Bells. Make sure you pop in and have a look in Bells Bar at the hotel where you can see some wonderful photographs and paintings of this iconic landmark.

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Common Questions

  • Can I cancel or amend my booking?

    Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork CIty offers free cancellation up to 2.00pm on the day of arrival for almost all reservations made on maldronhotels.com or maldronhotelshandoncorkcity.com. Some special offers and key dates may specify a special cancellation policy, these will be clearly outlined in the terms & conditions.

    Reservations booked on third party websites and online travel agents have their own cancellation policies, please refer to your confirmation email.

  • Does the hotel have a pool?

    We have some of the finest leisure facilities in Cork! Guests enjoy full use of our Club Vitae leisure centre with fully equipped gym, 20m swimming pool, separate kids pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.

  • Is car parking available at the hotel?

    Our guests can avail of special discounted rates at Carroll’s Quay Car Park, located only 3 minutes’ walk from the hotel. Please arrive at reception to check-in and we can provide these tickets to you.

    On-street metered parking is available in the immediate locality and there are a very limited number of parking spaces at the hotel allocated on first come, first served basis. Read full details of parking at Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City options and current rates.

  • Does the hotel have WiFi?

    Yes, Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City is pleased to offer complimentary WiFi in all public areas and bedrooms.

  • What times is food served?

    grain & grill restaurant serves breakfast 7.00am to 10.30am Monday to Friday and 8.00am to 11.00am weekends and bank holidays. Dinner is served daily in grain & grill restaurant from 6.00pm until 9.00pm. Lunch menus are also available for groups but do need to be reserved in advance.

    Bells Bar served coffees and pastries from 10.30am to 12.30pm daily and full bar food menu from 12.30pm to 9.30pm.

    Outside of these times we have 24 hour sandwich and pizza menu available from room service.

  • What is the history of the hotel?

    Constructed in 1720, our building was the North Infirmary Hospital serving the people of Cork until its closure in 1987. After period of dereliction it was converted into a hotel and subsequently acquired and upgraded to the 4 star Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City. Read more of our history here.

  • How far is Cork city centre?

    We are located in the historic Shandon district of downtown Cork. The famous Cork Opera House is just across the River Lee with St Patrick’s Street a short stroll beyond.

  • Will my credit card be charged at time of booking?

    Bookings require a credit card for guarantee only unless otherwise stated. For some special offers and specific dates, full payment is required at time of booking but these terms will be outlined in the special offer terms & conditions. For all rooms that are being paid for in cash must be accompanied with Photographic Id. No rooms will be let unless payment is guaranteed.

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