Special Points of Interest in Cobh and surrounding areas:
Cobh (pronounced cove, Irish an Cóbh) is a seaport town on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland. Cobh is on the south side of Great Island in Cork Harbour. Facing the town are Spike Island and Haulbowline Island. On a high point in the town stands St Colman's Cathedral, seat of the diocese of Cloyne.
One of the major transatlantic ports, Cobh was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people who emigrated between 1848 and 1950. From Cobh (formally known as Queenstown) hundreds of thousands of Irish men and women left to build a new life, especially in the Famine years of 1844-48. Many thrived and prospered, but many died on the journey in the terrible travelling conditions of the time. There is a major Heritage Center dedicated to telling the stories of many of these people.
On 11 April 1912 Queenstown (Cobh) was the final port of call for the RMS Titanic as she set out across the Atlantic on her ill-fated maiden voyage. On the quayside there is also a memorial to the victims of the Lusitania, many of whom are buried in Cobh's Old Church Cemetery. The ship was sunk in 1915 by a German submarine and the survivors and victims were brought back to Cobh.
Cobh is a pleasant waterside town, with brightly coloured houses where its streets climb the steep slope of a hill, the top of which is crowned by the imposing St. Coleman's Cathedral with its largest carillon in the British Isles consisting of 47 bells.
The harbour is one of the largest and safest anywhere in the world and is capable of taking the largest vessels afloat. Today Cobh offers a dedicated port for Cruise Liners and can have up to 50 Liners call annually.
Cuskinny Court is a 300 year old, family owned estate, located on Great Island, in the heart of Cork Harbour. Cuskinny provides a wide range of eco adventure, educational and outdoor experiences in a friendly and natural atmosphere.
A unique experience and insight into the history of the Titanic. This tour is located in the original White Star Line Ticket Office in the centre of Cobh, the departure point for the final 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic on 11th April 1912.
The story of Cobh's unique origins, an unmissable experience; an informative and emotive story of Irish Emigration from from Canada to Australia ,our emigrants history & legacy are dramatically recalled at The Queenstown Story.