Cobh

Overview

Introduction

Set on an island in Cork Harbor, on the country's south coast, Cobh was Ireland's main port of emigration in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The first transatlantic steamship sailed from there in 1838. Cobh was also the last port of call of the Titanic and the place where survivors of the Lusitania were taken ashore. It was once known as Queenstown in honor of a visit by Queen Victoria in 1849, but it reverted to its original Irish name of Cobh (pronounced ‘cove') in 1922.

Today Cobh is a popular cruise port. Take a picturesque stroll along the waterfront promenade and into the town center. Behind the Lusitania Monument, walk up Westview Street past the terrace of brightly colored Victorian homes known as the "Deck of Cards."


Hourly trains connect the town with nearby Cork City, and the journey only takes about 30 minutes. More trains are added when large cruises call at Cobh.

Other attractions in Cobh include Spike Island, Cobh Road Train tours, fishing and Cobh Golf Club. Fota Wildlife Park, Fota House and Blarney Castle are all a short train or drive away.

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