St Colman’s Cathedral

Address: 5 Cathedral Terrace, Cobh, Co. Cork. It is a 20 minute uphill walk from where the coach can park. Approximately 30 minutes drive from Cork city.

Standing dramatically above Cobh on a hillside terrace, this massive French-Gothic cathedral is an exquisite gem of neo-Gothic architecture. It took 47 years to build, starting in 1868.

St Colman’s Cathedral’s most exceptional feature is the 47-bell carillon, the largest in Ireland and the UK, with a range of four octaves. The biggest bell weighs 3,440kg! An automated system strikes the hour and 15 minute intervals while it also rings the bells in appropriate form for masses, funerals, weddings and events. The carillon is also played on special occasions and generally every Sunday afternoon.

Opening times / Tour times

Monday to Sunday          09.00 – 18.00
Opening times may vary in the summer months and during religious celebrations.


30 minutes approximately.


Entrance to St Colman’s Cathedral is free of charge. Donation appreciated.