Cobh (formerly known as Queenstown) is a busy port town on the banks of Cork Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world! Steeped in rich history, Cobh was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950 and was the last port of call for Titanic. Our pretty heritage town is built on a steep hill, creating superb panoramic vistas of the harbour and surrounding areas.
The architecture is distinctively Victorian throughout Cobh, and the town itself boasts various tourist attractions for all the family to enjoy. Enjoy your time in Cobh!
Cruise Days in Cobh
Cobh is a popular cruise stop during the summer months with magnificent liners berthing frequently. Cruise days are special days in Cobh. Our cruise guests always bring out the best in the town, generating a special atmosphere of fun and relaxation. With added entertainment provided on cruise day, these are often the days memories are made of. For the current Cruise Ship schedule of visiting Ships into Cobh, please visit Port of Cork.
Points of Interest
Overlooking Cork Harbour, the magnificent St. Colemans Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Cathedral located in the heart of Cobh town. The Cathedral took 47 years to build and was completed in 1915. Designed by Edward W. Pugin and George Ashlin, the cathedral was constructed in the beautiful Gothic Revival style and stands reigning over the town of Cobh.
A visit to the cathedral is a must, with the gothic grandeur of its interior, beautiful carvings, and flowing arches. The cathedral is home to an impressive carillon with 492 bells, the largest of which is 200 feet above the ground and weighs 3.6 tons.
The Cathedral is open 7 days and week, and on a sunny day is well worth a visit to view the beautiful surrounding area of Cobh.
Annie Moore Statue
The Annie Moore statue is located adjacent to the train station, looking out onto the harbour. Annie Moore (1877 – 1923) was the first immigrant to enter into the United States of America through the Ellis Island facility, in New York. On January 1st 1892, (on her fifteenth birthday), Annie and her brothers Anthony and Phillip departed from Cobh aboard the steamship Nevada, and set sail for a new life in New York City.
John F. Kennedy Park
Overlooking Cork Harbour you will find a striking promenade at the waters edge. A favourite place for both locals and visitors to relax with stunning views onto the water. You might even be lucky enough to catch a band recital on a warm sunny day! The promenade also features 2 old cannons dating back to the mid late 19th century.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the promenade is the children’s playground. With various jungle gyms, swings and slides, kids are sure to be entertained in this local playground with seated areas for the family.
A monument dedicated to the passengers of Titanic designed and crafted by local artist Michael Donovan can be found on the corner of Pearce Square and West Beach.
Lusitania Peace Memorial
The monument in the centre of the town square was designed by Jerome Connor, and commemorates the victims of the Lusitania tragedy. The memorial depicts the Angel of peace bowing over two fishermen who helped in the rescue of the victims.
The Lusitania was travelling from New York to Liverpool when it was torpedoed by a German U-Boat just 18km off the cost of Cork on 7th May 1915. Locals raced to the aid of passengers and crew but despite heroic efforts, 1,198 people died in the sinking of the Cunard Liner. Survivors were brought ashore in Cobh and were provided with shelter and care by the local community. Many victims were laid to rest in the Old Church Cemetery close to the town.
Things To Do
After your tour of Titanic Experience why not consider:
A trip to Spike Island
A visit to Cobh Museum
A walk around Fota Wildlife Park
A tour of Fota House & Gardens
A tour of Jameson Distillery
A visit to Trabolgan Holiday Village
Group Activities at Cuskinny Court
Places to Eat
We have enjoyed many a fine meal at all our local restaurants! Please find a sample of what is available in Cobh town:
Titanic Bar & Grill
Gilberts Bistro in the Square
Captains Table at The Commodore Hotel
Jacobs Ladder Restaurant at The Waters Edge Hotel
Places to Stay
You may choose to stay in Cobh town, East Cork or Cork City. All are within easy reach of Titanic Experience, Cobh.
In Cobh Town (Walking Distance)
Bella Vista Hotel
East Cork (Easy Commute by Car/Rail)
Fota Island Resort
Midleton Park Hotel
The Garryvoe Hotel
Radisson Blu, Hotel & Spa
Walter Raleigh Hotel
Trabolgan Holiday Village
Cork City (Easy commute by Car/Rail)
Clarion Hotel Cork
Rochestown Park Hotel
River Lee Hotel
Vienna Woods Hotel
For Crafts & authentic Gifts try Tregan Craft Centre located adjacent to Titanic Experience www.tregancrafts.com.
For Irish Souvenirs visit Celtic Knot located adjacent to the Commodore Hotel.