Located on the south coast of Great Island, Cobh (pronounced “Cove”) is a small fishing village known for its charming colourful houses, its cathedral and its breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. Cobh has become in a few years a seaside resort not to be missed in Ireland: tourists flock here in search of a change of scenery and culture … because the city has an important cultural heritage, closely linked to the Great Famine, the flight of the Irish to the United States, but also to the history of the Titanic …

History of Cobh

A seaport marked by history

Cobh has the particularity of having served from the end of the 18th century as a naval base for the British. This explains the imposing size of its port!

It was precisely from Cobh that thousands of Irish people left, fleeing the Great Irish Famine. They all crammed aboard liners in abominable conditions, hoping to survive the voyage, to settle in the United States, a land where everything seemed possible at the time. Many perished during the crossings, forever marking the Irish city of dramatic human history.

Among the other great episodes in Cobh’s history, the town was the last stopover before the Titanic reached the Atlantic, only to sink on April 12, 1912 in a tragic shipwreck. This was the last time that the infamous liner was able to dock before perishing at a depth of more than 4,000 metres.

Visit Cobh

A seaside resort where it’s good to live

You will have understood that Cobh is a place steeped in history. Its museum dedicated to the Titanic, and its many monuments paying tribute to the city’s past are proof of this.

This brings an additional interest to the city: Cobh is not just a place to eat and drink. The place has many tourist attractions that give it colour and authenticity.

Among its must-sees, don’t miss to stroll through its streets: they go down towards the port, bordered by a string of magnificent houses with multicoloured facades. They overlook the sumptuous St. Coleman’s cathedral: a monument that is almost excessive in size compared to the rest of Cobh. Its remarkable architecture overlooks the Bay of Cork and its major industries.

Finally, don’t miss the Cobh Heritage Centre, and the Titanic Experience, two museums entirely dedicated to the history of the city. These museums are dedicated to the history of the city and will give you a better understanding of Irish heritage and local history.

Finally, gourmets will undoubtedly appreciate a visit to the Belvelly Smokehouse, a fish smokehouse specialising in the production of smoked salmon. Here you will be treated to salmon of exceptional quality and learn about the artisanal fish smoking process. Quite an art!

How to get there?
  • From Cork: bus every hour from Patrick’s Quay to with Cobh Connect, the local bus company. Count 25mn of journey.
  • From Carrigaloe: a ferry connects Cobh by boat. Possibility to embark your car. Continuous connections from 6:30 am to 9:30 pm. Count between 6€ per car for a single journey.

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Cobh: activities and sites to visit

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