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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.

Choose From Eight Different Tours

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Cork City Ramble
The Cork City Ramble is a new and exciting guided walking tour around the fascinating centre of Cork City. It explores the monastic origins, the merchant trade, the amazing geography and the stunning architecture of Ireland's 2nd City.
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The Titanic Trail
The original daily operated Titanic Trail guided walking tour has been steadfastly enthralling thousands of visitors since 1998. Highly recommended by critics and filmed by multiple travel and documentary tv programmes. Unmissable if you are in Cobh. Duration 1 hour
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Titanic Trail Virtual Tour
During this 30-minute (filmed to full high definition TV documentary standard) virtual tour, the acclaimed historian and military man, Dr Michael Martin, takes the viewer on an extraordinary journey through Cobh (formerly known as Queenstown). Watch as people and places are brought to life through a compelling narrative that reveals the truth behind the town that witnessed a flood of emigration in the 19th Century, became the last port of call for the RMS Titanic in 1912 and the location where RMS Lusitania victims were brought ashore in 1915. Receive a unique access code to view the film and a personalised copy of Martin’s Titanic Trail booklet and a Titanic Trail certificate of completion mailed to any postal address in the world.
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Cobh Ghost Tour
Learn the fascinating dark stories of Cobh and its twilight folklore. Haunted buildings, ghostly apparitions and timeless stories related on this 1 hour walk through the darkened streets of the town.
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Titanic Train Day Excursion
The Titanic Train Day Excursion takes the visitors on a journey from Cork to Cobh along the same rail line used by original Titanic passengers in 1912. On arrival guests take the Titanic Trail Guided Walking tour, receive a copy of the Titanic Trail booklet and return to Cork by train with their own rail ticket. Plenty of time for leisure and exploring the town after tours.
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Cobh Cultural Tour
Combination of the Titanic Trail guided walking tour and visit to the renowned Queenstown Story Heritage Centre
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Titanic Insights Tour
A combination the Titanic Trail Guided Walking tour followed by admission to the Titanic Experience museum, housed in the original White Star Line Building from where passengers departed on April 11th 1912
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Titanic Centenary Tour
Titanic Centenary Tour. In addition to the amazing Titanic Trail, this tour includes a package of one of Fr Browne's Titanic Album prints and a copy of the Titanic Trail souvenir booklet.
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