Cobh is located in Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Formerly called Queenstown, it is a beautiful town, featuring some of Ireland’s best architecture. Cobh is a bustling seaside town with lots to do and see. It has experienced all phases of Irish history and holds a rich maritime heritage. The town has strong historical links with sinking of the Lusitania and was the last port of call for RMS Titanic.
The Titanic Walking Tour is one of several attractions in Cobh. One of the most notable features in the town is St. Colman’s Cathedral, with 49 bells its spire is home to the largest Carillon in Ireland and the UK. Nearby, Cobh’s Heritage Centre, the Queenstown Story, recounts the history of emigration in the old train station building, while outside, a statue memorialises Annie Moore, the first immigrant to disembark at Ellis Island. The Cobh Museum is also a short walk from the station.
Cobh is situated on one of several islands, the Great Island, in the Port of Cork and is a popular destination for liners with many cruises visiting the the town every year. It was here that the first yacht club in the world was founded on Haulbowline Island in 1720. The sheltered harbour is ideal for water-based activities including sailing and deep sea angling. Golf, tennis and riding are all on available nearby. Cobh also has its own Arts venue at the Sirius Arts Centre.
Outdoor activities are a popular pastime in Cobh, with sailing and water sports high on the agenda. Cuskinny Bay with its unique bird sanctuary is within walking distance from Cobh and Marlogue Wood is less than 3 miles from the town centre.
The town holds several festivals and events throughout the year and often puts on a special event for cruise line visitors with free entertainment. Festivals include the Cobh Blues Festival, the International Sea Angling Championships and the Cobh Peoples Regatta. Annual events taking place include the Titanic Commemorative Weekend and the Lusitania Memorial.
Access to Cobh is easy with an hourly commuter train service to and from Cork City offered by Irish Rail.