About Cobh

Date created 15.10.2019 08:46:09

Cobh has a range of tourist accommodation including Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts & self catering.  There are many restaurants and cafes catering for all tastes close to the town centre.

Attractions for tourists include shore and lake fishing, sailing and water sports, bird watching and countless sites of historical interest and importance. Harbour Boat trips and sea angling excursions are also available, Spike Island boat trips & tours with 104 acres.  Fota House, Gardens and Wildlife Park are located on the road to Cobh. The Titanic Trail walking tour departs daily throughout the year.

St. Colmans Cathedral – As you step outside our office at 4 Pearse Square, Cobh and look up to the sky you will be taken aback by the impressive St. Colman’s Cathedral which dominates the Town overlooking the Harbour which is of  neo-Gothic construction began in 1868 and was finally consecrated 24th August, 1919 by Bishop of Cloyne ROBERT BROWNE.    It’s 49-bell Carillon  is the only such instrument in Ireland and is the largest in Ireland and Britain.

On the 25th  August, 2019 St. Colmans Cathedral celebrated its centenary ...

www.cobhcathedralparish.ie

 

The National Flower Festival was held on 27th September, 2019 in St. Colman’s Cathedral and if you would like to join Cobh Flower Club see 

https://cobhcommunitycentre.ie/activities

 

SPIKE ISLAND, Cobh, Co. Cork....

Well worth a visit, very impressively done and will take you back in time.....

Across the Street on the sea front just a short walk from our Office at 4 Pearse Square, Cobh you will find Kennedy Pier where you get the ferry.

Taking the scenic ferry ride from Cobh brings visitors to Spike Island and our storytellers will relay the history and mystery of the peoples and places that make Spike Island so special.  Enjoy a fully guided tour of our island and fortress, and relax in our cafe and picnic areas.  Get captured in the history and mystery of this magical heritage island.

Today the island is dominated by the 200 year old Fort Mitchel, the star shaped Fortress which became a prison holding over 2300 prisoners.  

WINNER of EUROPE'S LEADING TOURIST ATTRACTION 2017 at the WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS!            https://spikeislandcork.ie/

 

The wonderfully restored Fota House and world renowned arboretum and gardens as well as Fota Wildlife Park are just 4 miles from Cobh. Here, you can come face to face with over 90 species of wildlife. Other attractions nearby include Barryscourt Castle, a fully restored 15th Century Tower House, similar to the famous Blarney Castle, just north of Cork City.

 

If you like to get in a walk, why not take the guided Tour:  

Titanic Trail Guided Walking Tour of Cobh

Operating daily since 1998, this 1 hour gentle stroll through the heritage town of Cobh explores the diverse and magnificent history of Cork harbour, its environs and the architecturally preserved streetscape. The engaging narrative brings together the amazing maritime, emigrant and social history of the area. Cobh was the main departure point for millions of Irish emigrants to the US. It was the last port of call for RMS Titanic, it received the victims and survivors after the sinking of the Lusitania during the first world war. Over many centuries, the invasions, departures, arrivals and utilisation of the port by many different peoples have crafted a fascinating story that will enthral and engage the visitor no matter what their interests. Created by the renowned Dr Michael Martin, this tour will bring you new knowledge and fascinating insights into world stories in the environment in which they were created.

 

For the Keep Fit enthusaists & you want to join a Gym & Swimming Pool – call to Coral Leisure Centre – cobh.coralleisure.ie – email – cobh@coralleisure.ie

 

The Queenstown Story Heritage centre is located in the Victorian Railway station near the town centre and next to the Cobh Cruise Liner Terminal. Over 100 Cruise Liners, including the largest liners in the World visit Cobh each year and berth a mere 200 metres from the town centre. The Sirius Arts Centre has free exhibitions throughout the year and shares the original home of the Royal Cork Yacht Club with the Cobh Tourist Office. The Coral Leisure Centre at Carrignafoy in the town has state of the art facilities. There are many Golf Courses located throughout East Cork.

Cobh has many festivals and commemorations throughout the year. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place at 3.30pm on 17th March. The sinking of the Titanic is commemorated in April and the Lusitania in May. The South of Ireland Festival of Piping and Drumming takes place on the June Bank Holiday weekend. The historical raising by Taoiseach Eamon De Valera, for the first time, of the Irish Tricolour on Spike Island in July 1938 as part of the Treaty Ports handover by the British is re-enacted in July. The Cobh Peoples’ Regatta takes place in August with a feast of entertainment both on and off the water. The Festival of the Blues and the International Sea Angling Festival take place in September. 

 

Cobh has Something for Everyone !