Northern District, Cork
A tour through Cork's northern district will allow a visitor to see many of the city's attractions, including St Ann's Shandon, St Mary's Cathedral, Collin's Barracks, St Patrick's Church and the Custom House.
St Ann's Shandon
Northwest of St Patrick's Bridge stands one of the city's landmarks, St Ann's Church, Shandon (1722). Its handsome tower - which looks rather like a telescope drawn out in three stages and is also popularly known as the "pepperpot" - is of particolored stone, red sandstone on the north and east sides, gray limestone on the other two. It contains eight bells cast by Abel Rudhall in 1750 and has a celebrated carillon. Although the tower is only 120ft/36m high it affords a wide panorama of the city thanks to the church's elevated situation.
Opening hours: 9:30am-4pm; Sun: 9:45am-11:30am
Always closed on: Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee: Adult Admission Cost
Useful tips: For a small charge visitors can ring the bells of St Ann's Shandon themselves.
Disability Access: No facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission. Taped tours for rent.
Facilities: Restaurant or food service
St Mary's Cathedral
Two streets north of St Ann's Shandon in Cork's northern district is the neo-Classical St Mary's Cathedral (1808). The interior was renewed in neo-Gothic style in 1820 after a fire.
St Patrick's Church
South of the Collin's Barracks in Cork's northern district, near Lower Glanmire Road, stands the Corinthian-style St Patrick's Church (by G. R. Pain, 1836), the effect of which is spoiled by an extension of 1894.
Going over Brian Boru Bridge, to the right can be seen the large bus station, to the left the Custom House (1814), now the Harbormaster's office.
Map of Cork Attractions