Cobh Travel Guide

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Cobh Highlights

  • Pro
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    pedrocas says…

     The sea and the beautifull smell of salty water 

  • Con
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     Too much emphasis on past tragedies. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Definitely worth a daytrip from Cork! 

Cobh Things to Do

  • St. Colman's Cathedral

    The Cathedral has its roots in the diocese of Cloyne which was moved to Cobh in 1769. At this time, the repression on the Catholic church was still subject to repressions and it was not until the 19th century when Cobh had the legal and financial possibilities to build an adequate Cathedral. Consturction started in 1867 but was not completed until...

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  • The Queenstown Story

    Cobh, named Queenstown between , has been long associated with the age of ocean steamliners and the Irish emigration of the late 19th and early 20th century. It was in this time that the city was named Queenstown after becoming the first Irish town to be visited by Queen Victoria. Therefore, Cobh's history comes back to life in an exhibition called...

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  • The Lusitania Memorial

    Although the Titanic drives more tourists to the sights of Cobh, the sinking of the Lusitania (1915) has deeper roots in the citiys memory. When the Ocean Liner was sunk by a German submarine off the Irish coasts, local fishermen helped to save survivors and later helped to get the deceased ashore as well. The hotspot that day was the Cunard Line...

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  • Heritage Centre

    If your an American of Irish descent visiting Cobh, you are probably here to see where your family departed from Ireland. I am of Irish descent, but my family immigrated from the port in Dublin. My partner Mark's family immigrated from Cobh. So seeing the harbor and the port was fascinating for him. The museum here at the Heritage Center is an...

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  • The Titanic Memorial

    Though the sinking of the Lusitania evokes more memories in the history of Cobh, the sinking of the Titanic is also associated with this harbour town. Cobh (then Queenstown) was the last port of call for the infamous ocean liner on April 11th 1912. From the 123 people who embarked in Cobh (almost all of them third calss passengers) only 44...

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  • Fota Island

    Fota Island is a 780 acre island that is just outside of the island that Cobh is on in Cork Harbour. There is a golf course and golf club where you can get a light lunch. They also have a great wildlife preserve, rose gardens, an arboretum and a Georgian era house to be explored. Paths follow along the enclosures. Most of the enclosures are open...

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  • Old Town Hall / Harbour Commissioner...

    Today home to a chinese restaurant, this building was part of the harbour authorities in the heydays of the ocean steamliners. It was used as a town hall between 1975 to 2005.

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  • St. Colman's Cathedral

    The Cathedral has its roots in the diocese of Cloyne which was moved to Cobh in 1769. At this time, the repression on the Catholic church was still subject to repressions and it was not until the 19th century when Cobh had the legal and financial possibilities to build an adequate Cathedral. Consturction started in 1867 but was not completed until...

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  • „Deck of Cards“ houses

    Cobh's houses have been generally very colourful, but the best known of them are the so-called „Deck of Cards“ houses. They are the houses of a street called „West View“. The 23 almost equal houses were built on 23 levels and each one differs in colour from its neighbouring building. No wonder that they are one of the most often photographed...

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  • The Titanic Trail

    This was the highlight of my Cobh visit and something I would like to recommend you to do if you are interested in the Titanic and/or early 20th century Cobh. Michael Martin, almost a local celebrity and the creator of this tour, brings the age of oceam steamliners back to life and gives you an insight into the city in the 1910s. The historian is a...

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  • Brendan the Navigator

    Medieval texts mention an Irish monk called Brendan who lived in the 6th century. According to this text called „Navigation Sancti Brendani“ Brendan explored some Islands to the Northwest of Ireland. The descriptions of the several islands can be interpreted as a discovery of Iceland, Greenland and America – around 450 years before the vikings and...

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  • Annie Moore Monument

    Annie Moore is a personage associated with the Irish emigration to the Americas like few others. On January 1st 1892, she became the 1st person to enter the USA through the new facility at Ellis island which became a synonym for US immigration of that time. Moore and her two younger brothers, who travelled with her as well, are represented on a...

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Cobh Restaurants

  • Not bad, just a little too touristy

    This bar is located in the former White Star Line Office building but can be visited independently - without having to visit the „Titanic Experience“ exhibition. Of course, it is one of the most Titanic – themed places you could ever imagine, although it looks a little too plastic for my taste.Titanic bar offers good quality food, but the prices...

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  • The Old Railway Station Buffet

    Set in the old victorian railway station platform , the Heritage Centre cafe is not a bad place for light refreshments. It's actually quite atmospheric and reminds me of the good old days when every railway station had its so-called 'buffet' and having a cup of tea while waiting for a train was something of an event. There are some savoury snacks...

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  • Cobh's Finest Lunch

    The Quays is just a few yards beyond the Heritage Centre and railway station, the perfect place to either start or finish your trip to Cobh in. Entrance is down a flight of steps which gives you access to the courtyard dining area or the restaurant indoors. Either option is delightful but obviously being outside, right next to the sea, is...

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  • Traditional food with modern twists

    A superb location on the banks of the tidal river - as the name implies.This pub has a a very bright modern feel to it, and is well worth seeking out.The dishes on offer are all pretty much traditional pub food - such as roast beef or Salmon, but beautifully cooked and presented in a 'modern style'. with main dishes around 12-15 euro it is also...

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  • Chinese Expertise

    Good selection on the menu including set price "banquets" or fixed dinners with a tasty variety. Only beer is Chinese Tsing Tao which is quite good. We had one of the fixed price dinners which included my favourite, Aromatic crispy duck pancake and it was mouth watering!

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  • Cobh's Chinese Restaurant

    Cobh was a great town,but there really didn't seem to be a big selection of restaurants. We walked around trying to decide and finally settled on the "Hong Kong Palace" The food was OK and it was very nicely presented The service was outstanding. I thought it was a tad on the expensive side, but I was glad we chose to dine there. sweet and sour...

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Cobh Nightlife

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  • Does it float my boat ?...not really

    Many thousands of punts (or Euros now) has been spent on transforming the old departure point of the White Star line into a bar and a couple of restaurants.The historical connections, as the last port of call of the ill-fated Titanic cannot be denied and it's setting on the watersedge is terrific.We did not see the two restaurants, but the main bar...

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  • You won't go thirsty

    There are about 30 pubs and bars in Cobh and the vicinity, a very high per capital rate! More than a few have names related to the Titanic, Lusitania. The Titanic on the waterfront has their main bar decorated as a replica of one of the bars in the Titanic with lots of photos and some memorabilia. It's a big yellow building containing a restaurant...

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  • Performing Arts

    The building used to be the Royal Cork Yacht Club which was also the first and oldest yacht club in the world. It's on the waterfront and has lots of smaller rooms where concerts and plays are held. We dressed up a bit. It would depend on the performance i think.

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Cobh Transportation

  • Trains

    Cork is linked to Cobh by an hourly train service.. Trains start in Cork at Kent Station and also stop at Fota. Travelling time to Cobh is around 25 minutes. The commuter afre applies on that route, regardless of destination you pay 5,00 EUR vor a single ride and 7,70 EUR for a day return ticket (as of early 2013).

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  • By train to/from Cobh

    Cork is linked to Cobh by an hourly train service.. Trains start in Cork at Kent Station and also stop at Fota. Travelling time to Cobh is around 25 minutes.The commuter afre applies on that route, regardless of destination you pay 5,00 EUR vor a single ride and 7,70 EUR for a day return ticket (as of early 2013).

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  • Now a branch line...

    Two and a half to three million departed the Cobh for a better life (usually) and many of them got to the port by train.When mail from America landed at the port, it was soon rushed onto trains and onward to Britain.It is therefore not suprising that the railway link was very important in it's time, with buildings to match.These days it is little...

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Cobh Shopping

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  • Cobh Heritage Centre

    My shopping tip is brief and to the point. Don't shop at the Heritage Centre. Do shop in town. Cobh is not exactly a shoppers paradise but along East Beach, the shopping street by the harbour , there are several nice gift-shops with ceramics, glass and other craft items. There are also a number of discount type stores where you can pick up little...

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  • To shop or not to shop ?

    My shopping tip is brief and to the point. Don't shop at the Heritage Centre. Do shop in town. Cobh is not exactly a shoppers paradise but along East Beach, the shopping street by the harbour , there are several nice gift-shops with ceramics, glass and other craft items. There are also a number of discount type stores where you can pick up little...

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  • Cobh Heritage Centre

    The Cobh Heritage Centre is a beautifully restored Victorian railway station. In addition to housing The Queenstown Story, there are also a few nice shops which sell a variety of souvenirs. One of the shops( sorry can't remember the name ) had a nice collection of books on genealogy I thought the shops were a litlle more expensive than some of...

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Cobh Local Customs

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    by tvor Written May 19, 2003

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    Everyone thinks of the black creamy Guinness when they think of Irish pubs. You'd be better off not asking for it down in the south, in and around Cork and Cobh. This is Murphy's Stout country and Cork is where Murphy's was created and is still brewed. It too is dark and full bodied and just as good as Guinness.

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Cobh Off The Beaten Path

  • Pottery

    In the village of Shanagarry, in Co. Cork, There is a pottery factory. Their best known designs are an unfinished brown with a white glazed trim. We drove to the factory and had a good browse around. There is a workshop downstairs where you can see the artists making the pottery and there's a little cafe on the grounds as well. You'll have to...

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  • The Heyday of the Transatlantic Liner.

    The final section of the Queenstown Story is definitely upbeat and a welcome change in tone from all the previous doom and gloom. Now we have a recreated deck to stroll on, posters of liners to feast our eyes on, a replica of a cabin to ooh and aah over and even a ship's cinema. The little cinema holds about 12 people at a time and presents a...

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  • The Titanic and The Lusitania

    The third section of the Queenstown Story deals in great depth with the sinking of the Titanic and the Lusitania. A movie recreates the excitement and expectation of the emigrants waiting in Cobh for the arrival of the Titanic. A whole wall of memorabilia displays photographs and items like menus from the diningroom of the ship. Passenger lists are...

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  • Queenstown Cove

    The bus tour made a special stop at Cobh (which is pronounced Cove) so that we could go through The Queenstown Experience. Cobh, under the English was called Queenstown, and many Irish immigrants left for the New World from here. The Queenstown Experience, along with gifts shop and a kind of food court is housed in an old railway station which is...

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  • Titanic and the Lusitania

    in 1912, the Titanic left Cobh as it's last port of call before heading across the Atlantic on it's first and only tragic voyage. There is a heritage walking tour in Cobh called the Titanic Trail that might be of interest to visitors. I didn't take it as i didn't have the time. http://www.titanic-trail.com/ The Lusitania was a ship that was...

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  • Place of Colourful Houses

    If I was to bring you to Cobh and there would be only one place I was aloud to show you, it would be West View Street. It's amazing... View out to the Celtic Sea is lovely

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