Cobh was developed as a Victorian spa retreat in the mid-19th century and became Ireland’s most important port for trans-Atlantic travel.
If you would like to create some memories that will last a lifetime, take the plunge and visit Cobh. It is one of the captivating towns in Ireland that will hold you in its spell long after you’ve left.
Things you'll find in this article
- 12 Unique Things To Do In Cobh Ireland
- 1. Experience Titanic in Cobh
- 2. Marvel at the beauty of St. Colman’s Cathedral
- 3. Learn the history of Spike Island
- 4. Feed the ducks or relax at Cuskinny
- 5. Visit Cobh Museum
- 6. Check out Fota Wildlife Park
- 7. Explore Cobh Heritage Center
- 8. Relax at St. Benedict’s Priory Bible Garden and Tea Rooms
- 9. Take a trip around town on Cobh’s very own Road Train
- 10. Relax in the Promenade in Cobh
- 11. Call into the Sirius Arts Centre
- 12. Learn history in Haulbowline
12 Unique Things To Do In Cobh Ireland
1. Experience Titanic in Cobh
Titanic Experience Cobh is a visitor center located in the original White Star Line Ticket Office in the center of Cobh town (formally known as Queenstown).
Cobb was the departure point for the final 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic before heading to New York.
The Titanic Experience will let you experience how it was to be in Titanic in 1912 as you learn about the historical British passenger liner.
Aside from the visitor center, you can also visit the Titanic Gardens and relax with views overlooking where the Titanic last dropped its anchor.
9:00am to 6:00pm
Tours run every 15 minutes throughout the day
(last tour at 5:15 pm)
10:00am to 5:30pm
Tours run every 30 minutes throughout the day
(last tour at 4:45 pm)
Address: White Star Line Building, 20 Casement Square, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Phone: (021) 481 4412
2. Marvel at the beauty of St. Colman’s Cathedral
Visit St Colman’s Cathedral and marvel at the wonderful French Gothic architecture and beautiful stained glass. The cathedral is the only Irish Catholic Victorian cathedral to preserve its interior fully intact.
It took 47 years to build this cathedral which started in 1868.
In 1916 a Carillon of 42 bells was installed. The largest bell is 200 feet above the ground and weighs 3.6 tons. The Cathedral organ, by Telford and Telford, contains 2,468 pipes.
The Cathedral is a regular venue for Recitals by choirs from all parts of the world. St. Colman’s remains one of the top attractions in Cobh.
Address: 5 Cathedral Pl, Kilgarvan, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland
Phone:+353 21 4813222
3. Learn the history of Spike Island
Spike Island is a 103-acre island in Cork Harbour. This island is Ireland’s Alcatraz and it was used as a prison.
Since the early 21st century, the island has been developed as a heritage tourist attraction in Cobh and it was named as the top tourist attractions in Europe by World Travel Awards in 2017.
Please ring in advance to check admission fees and bookings.
Address: c/o Cork County Council, Carrig House, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland
Phone: (021) 237 3455
4. Feed the ducks or relax at Cuskinny
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Just 10 minutes from Cobh center is a natural hideaway set on beautiful Cuskinny Bay.
Cuskinny Nature Reserve is a serene bird sanctuary with lots of water-based activities, stunning woodlands to explore, and hiking routes.
If you want to find things to do in Cobh with kids or for families, the relaxing scenery is ideal to have a picnic while feeding the ducks and swans in the area.
Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm
Address: Cuskinny Court, Cobh, Co. Cork Ireland.
5. Visit Cobh Museum
Visit the Cobh museum and learn about the rich maritime history of the area. Cobh has a long maritime history and is known throughout the world for its association with emigration and was the last port of call for the RMS Titanic.
The Museum holds the last written record for the RMS Titanic in the Pilot’s Logbook.
Cobh Museum is housed in the former Presbyterian Church overlooking the harbor. It is a small but excellent museum.
There is so much information on display here. Its well laid out with areas where you can sit and look through the various booklets which contain paper cuttings and records.
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm
2.30pm – 5pm
Address: Cobh Museum Scots Church High Road Cobh County Cork P24 AY26 Ireland
Phone:+ 353 21 4814240
6. Check out Fota Wildlife Park
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Fota Wildlife Park is a 100-acre wildlife park located on Fota Island, about 9 km from the center of Cobh.
This park is a not-for-profit charity that is also one of the leading tourism, wildlife and conservation attractions in Ireland. It is home to several species of mammals and birds.
The Wildlife Park in Fota can be enjoyed by all the family with a wide range of activities to keep everyone entertained.
Mon-Sun: 10.00 a.m.
Gates closed: 6.00 pm
Last entry: 4.30 pm every day (5 pm for members)
We are closed on Christmas Eve to St Stephen’s Day (24th, 25th & 26th Dec).
Children (Under 16) €11.20
Students (with valid student card), Seniors: €12.30
Toddlers (Up to 36 months): Free
2 adults + 2 children: €49.00
2 adults + 3 children: €57.00
2 adults + 4 children: €65.00
Car park/visit: €3.00
Group (20+) Adults: €12.30
Group (20+) Children, Seniors, Students (with valid student card): €8.20
Address: Fota Wildlife Park, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, Ireland
7. Explore Cobh Heritage Center
The Cobh Heritage Centre is a museum located in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. It is attached to the Cobh railway station.
The “Queenstown Experience”, located at the center, has mostly permanent exhibitions of Irish history and Irish Emigration.
From 1848 – 1950 over 6 million adults and children emigrated from Ireland.
Over 2.5 million departed from Cobh, making it the single most important port of emigration in Ireland.
Open 7 days a week.
April 15th to October 13th ( Last admission is 5 pm)
9:30 am- 6pm
October 15th-April 14th
Sundays and Bank holidays
11 am- 4pm
Closed December 23rd-27th and
December 31st –January 8th
Address: Cobh, The Queenstown Story Cobh Heritage Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Phone: + 00 353 (21) 4 813591
8. Relax at St. Benedict’s Priory Bible Garden and Tea Rooms
St. Benedict’s Priory Bible Garden & Tea Rooms are located at the high end of Cobh, behind St.Colman’s Cathedral. It is the perfect getaway in Cobh Ireland.
Once you enter, it becomes one’s own personal sanctuary. The tranquil surroundings are perfectly conducive for a calm and peaceful atmosphere that makes people feel completely relaxed.
Address: St. Benedict’s Priory, The Mount, Cobh, Co.Cork
Phone: +353 21 481 1354
9. Take a trip around town on Cobh’s very own Road Train
The most relaxing, informative and fun way to view Cobh’s historic sites and beautiful sea vistas are aboard the Cobh Road Train.
The Cobh Road Train takes you on a tour through the historic town of Cobh from the point where passengers boarded the ill-fated Titanic to the magnificent St. Coleman’s Cathedral.
All key historical areas are also covered and there is no better way to quickly learn everything you need to know about Cobh than taking Cobh Road Train.
Adult – €8.00 Child – €5.00 Family – €20.00 (2+2)
Larger family, Special Group Rates and Private Tour Bookings can be arranged on request.
Address: Westbourne Place, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)85 – 1363 393
10. Relax in the Promenade in Cobh
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The promenade in Cobh is where many locals and visitors come to take it easy and to do a bit of people watching.
Great views out over the harbor, regularly visited by huge cruise ships, and back into the town itself where St Coleman’s Cathedral dominates.
You can also listen to band performances in the promenade
11. Call into the Sirius Arts Centre
Sirius Arts Centre is a multi-disciplinary arts organization and a fantastic arts center with a great program of events in the middle of Cobh.
The center holds regular art exhibitions offering the visitor an eclectic range of contemporary art from global artists. The center also offers artists in residency positions annually.
Wed – Fri 10.30-17:00
Mon – Tues Closed
Address: The Old Yacht Club Cobh Co. Cork
Phone: 021 4813790
12. Learn history in Haulbowline
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Haulbowline is an island in Cork Harbour off the coast of Ireland and only 10 minutes by ferry from the center of Cobh.
Fortifications were built here in the early 1600′ along with the world’s first yacht club. The island was also an important base for the British army.
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