The Cove of Cork
Located on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland, the quaint seaside town of Cobh is known for its great maritime heritage and seafaring history.
As Ireland’s only dedicated cruise terminal, Cobh was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people that immigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950, and to this day, it remains a popular port of call for cruise liners from all over the world. Perhaps this is due in part to the fact that Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown, is renowned as the last port of call for RMS Titanic—and since that fateful day in 1912, Cobh has remained largely unchanged, with the piers and streetscape appearing the much the same as it did over 100 years ago.
Many of Cobh’s sites focus on its maritime history, including the Titanic Experience, Titanic Trail walking tour, the Queenstown Story Heritage Centre, and tours to Spike Island. There are also hourly rail connections to the lovely town of Cork, situated just 20 minutes away from Cobh.
Located in the original White Star Line Ticket Office, this audio and visual experience retraces the steps of the 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic in Cobh. The exhibit also focuses on the seemingly impossible series of events that led to the tragedy on that fateful April night in 1912.
COBH HERITAGE CENTRE
COBH HERITAGE CENTRE
A city shaped by the sea, Cobh owes much of its history to the activities of this once incredibly busy port. Learn about the conditions on early emigrant vessels, including the dreaded “coffin ships”, and hear the tragic tail of the Lusitania, which sank off Cork Harbor.
Strategically located in lower Cork Harbor, the second largest natural harbor in the world, the multi-cultural Spike Island has left its mark on the areas history. Take a day trip and explore the 104 acres that include a monastery, fortress, and a prison.
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