Our Famous Bells

Please note that we have reduced our opening hours and introduced timed entrance tickets. We are not running guided tours at this time. For more information, please click here.

The Christ Church Cathedral Society of Change Ringers (Established 31 July 1670) from Christ Church Cathedral

Greetings from the Christ Church Cathedral Society of Change Ringers, Dublin! Ringers worldwide, please note that visitors are welcome both to join in service ringing and practice sessions. Contact the ringing master, Nigel Pelow with requests for use of bells.

Those who ring the great bells of Christ Church Cathedral maintain a tradition going back centuries. The cathedral’s deployment of 19 bells, ranging in weight from a quarter of a ton to two and a quarter tons, represents a world record of numbers of bells available for full-circle ringing. Every bell as it sounds out has been swiftly swung through 360 degrees, to combine with the others in the music of the changes. The oldest bells still in use here date from 1738 while the first notice of bells in Christ Church tower is an entry in the records for the death of John Kyrcham, ‘maker of our bells’, in 1423.

Below are three recent recordings of our bells. The first two (12 bells & 16 bells) are ringing rounds and the third, the Grandspire Triples, is method ringing.

12 Bells, ringing rounds:

16 Bells, ringing rounds:

Grandspire Triples, method ringing:


Ringing Times

Service Ringing                  Sunday 10.00 and 14.30

Practice Ringing                 Friday 18.00-21.00.

On occasion we may start at 18.00 please check with the ringing master. Visiting ringers welcome, but advisable to make contact beforehand by emailing cccbelfry@gmail.com.

Tours of the belfry are included in our public and private guided tour. Visitors to the belfry will be shown how the bells are rung and get a chance to ring them themselves. For more information on tours please contact the cathedral office on 01-6778099 or welcome@christchurch.ie . As there are over 80 steps to the belfry, tours are not suitable for children under 12 or those with walking difficulties. Tours of the belfry are undertaken at your own risk.

Here are some videos (not shot in our belfry) which will give you an idea of what happens in a bell tower:


Archived News

Bellringers’ Lindoff Cup Success!

sample-imgI am very proud to announce that today (Saturday 13 March 2010), Christ Church Cathedral ringers won the annual Eastern District striking competition and retained the Lindoff Cup for the fifth year in succession. Eight of our Sunday Service band went along to Taney this afternoon and successfully defended their title of local ringing champions, beating off a strong challenge from St Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church Taney. We will now go forward to the All-Ireland competition for the Murphy Cup in May which will be held at St Peter’s Church, Drogheda. Such is the attraction of this competition that RTÉ were there to cover the day’s ringing and it was featured on the programme Capital D!

Ian Bell, Ringing Master

Murphy Cup Winners

Today at Christ Church Taney, we won the Murphy Cup which is the Irish Association of Change Ringers Annual Striking Competition. This is the most prestigious All-Ireland ringing competition and is the ringing equivalent of the Sam Maguire! Here is a picture of the victorious team proudly holding the Murphy Cup.