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On the banks of the River Lee, Shandon Bells offers bright, classically furnished rooms with LCD TVs, and full Irish breakfasts. Guests can enjoy on-site private fishing on the river.

Each room includes satellite channels on its wall-mounted LCD TV, as well as free WiFi access. There is a private bathroom and hairdryer, along with tea/coffee facilities and welcome sweets.

Guests at Shandon Bells Guest House can order a buffet breakfast or hearty full Irish breakfasts for a surcharge.

The famous English Market in Cork is just a 10-minute walk away. The main entrance of University College Cork is less than a minute's walk away, and the bustling shops and restaurants of St Patrick’s Street are only 15 minutes’ walk away.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.8 for a two-person trip.

Shandon Bells Guest House has been welcoming guests since 11 May 2011.

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.8)

Breakfast info

Continental, Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Buffet

Free private parking available on-site


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Room type
1 single bed
1 double bed
2 single beds
1 single bed
1 double bed
2 single beds
1 double bed
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Property questions and answers
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  • Are ye still opened during covid 19 restrictions?
    Dear Sir/Madam, we are open with very restricted presence of staff, arrival time required and only continental breakfast available upon request.
    Answered on 29 May 2020
  • It seems from your photos that parking is limited. Do you have more rooms than parking places, can I park in the street?
    We have a limited capacity car park. If all the parking spots are occupied when you arrive, we will show you where it is convenient to park in the str..
    Answered on 27 December 2019
  • Are there stairs to climb to the room?
    Dear Guest, Only two of our 12 rooms are located on the ground floor, one double and one deluxe double room. All the other rooms are accessible only ..
    Answered on 11 November 2019
  • Price for rooms with no stairs as I'm not good on my feet. I need a room for three people.
    Dear Sir/Madame, Unfortunately, we do not have any triple rooms on the ground floor. Our triple rooms are one flight of stairs and a few more steps u..
    Answered on 18 November 2019
  • Will we have the house to ourselves or will the property owners be there
    This is a guest house with twelve rooms. The owner, the staff and the other guests will be here. No guest can have it all to themselves.
    Answered on 10 September 2020
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Hosted by Shandon Bells Guest House

Host review score

Shandon Bells Guest House
We offer a warm welcome to our lovely residence, with a cup of coffee or tea in the dining room.
Mostly we enjoy our patio on the back of the house with beautiful and relaxing view. We care very much about comfort so we are always improving facilities and rooms
Location is spot on! From Patrick Street turn left into Grand Parade and then right into Washington Street. Go straight ahead along Lancaster Quay and Western Road. Walking distance from the city centre is 12 minutes. University Cork College is across the street and few restaurants and bars are very close. Popular places to visit within walking distance are St Fin Barre's Cathedral, Elisabeth Fort and The English Market.
Languages spoken: Bulgarian,English,Spanish,Italian,Mongolian,Filipino
Property surroundings *
Facilities of Shandon Bells Guest House
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
  • Fishing
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Radio
Food & Drink
  • Coffee house on site
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Kid meals
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Luggage storage
  • Wake-up service
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Express check-in/check-out
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Designated smoking area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Languages spoken
  • Bulgarian
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Mongolian
  • Filipino

House rules

Shandon Bells Guest House takes special requests - add in the next step!


14:00 - 21:00


00:00 - 11:00


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Refundable damage deposit

A damage deposit of EUR 100 is required on arrival. That's about 88.32GBP. This will be collected by credit card. You should be reimbursed on check-out. Your deposit will be refunded in full via credit card, subject to an inspection of the property.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children aged 3 years and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Cot upon request

The number of cots allowed is dependent on the option you choose. Please check your selected option for more information.

There are no extra beds available at this property.

All cots are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in

Mastercard Visa Shandon Bells Guest House accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.

Quiet hours

Guests must be quiet between 21:00 and 11:00.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

Please note a pre-authorization is made for the full price of the reservation 2 days prior to arrival.

Kindly note that only 2 out of 12 rooms are located on the ground floor. The other 10 rooms are accessible via stairs only. Therefore the accommodation may not be suitable for guests with mobility impairment. To request a ground floor room, please contact the property prior to arrival.

American Express cards are not accepted.

Please note that this is a non-smoking property and any violation will result in a 100 EUR fine.

A limited number of free parking places are available onsite. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If the parking is full upon your arrival, the property will advise you about the nearest alternative parking areas. Street parking is free from 18:30 to 08:30 Monday to Saturday and all day Sunday.

Directions: The property is situated on a corner between Donovan Road and Western Road. When leaving from a city centre (coming from a Washington Street) on your left side you will be passing by The River Lee Hotel. Shandon Bells Guest House is situated just a couple of houses after the hotel, on the first set of traffic lights on the left side of the road.
Eircode: T12 RC63
GPS coordinates:
Latitude 51.8956418647737
Longitude -8.488526341799343

Kindly note that check-in earlier than 14:00 or later than 21:00 is not available unless requested prior to arrival.

Changing the type of room from twin to double or from double to twin upon arrival is subject to availability and not possible if the property is fully booked for the date.

Please note that the property requires photo ID: a passport, an ID card or a driving license. Guests who made their reservation later than 15 hours before check-in leave a 200 euro deposit against damage.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary and other relevant information, during dates where such guidelines exist.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food & beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please inform Shandon Bells Guest House in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

A damage deposit of EUR 100 is required on arrival. That's about 88.32GBP. This will be collected by credit card. You should be reimbursed on check-out. Your deposit will be refunded in full via credit card, subject to an inspection of the property.

FAQs about Shandon Bells Guest House

  • Check-in at Shandon Bells Guest House is from 14:00, and check-out is until 11:00.

  • Shandon Bells Guest House is 0.7 miles from the centre of Cork.

  • Shandon Bells Guest House offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Fishing

  • Room options at Shandon Bells Guest House include:

    • Single
    • Double
    • Twin
    • Triple

  • The prices at Shandon Bells Guest House may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Guests staying at Shandon Bells Guest House can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.1).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free
    • Buffet