Discover the Wonders of Cobh
Situated on the shores of the second largest natural harbour in the world, the tourist town of Cobh is only 25 minutes by car or train from Cork City. The town is steeped in history and culture, where every person, every pier and even the stunning architecture has a story to tell.
The Titanic’s last port of call before embarking on her fatal maiden voyage, Cobh is situated in the coastal playground that is Cork Harbour. Backed by rolling hills, it is a destination of choice for anyone who just loves to be by the sea. An abundance of tourist attractions and activities make Cobh the ideal spot for your next getaway; be it a day trip, overnight, weekend or longer break. There is plenty to see and do whatever your interests.
Part of the beauty of visiting Cobh is that it is an all-weather destination. Ireland’s spring may be unpredictable, but the town has a great choice of indoor activities so that showers can’t dampen your spirits. Amazing attractions such as Cobh Heritage Centre, Cobh Museum, Cobh Pastimes and the Coral Leisure Centre allow for year-round tourism in a dry and warm environment. The Titanic Trail Walking tour is also a must do activity when in Cobh.
Nestled under the magnificent St. Colman’s Cathedral with its 49-bell carillon, Cobh looks out onto Spike Island. Accessed via ferry from Cobh, Spike Island was voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction in the 2017 World Travel Awards. It has a long and compelling history with some great stories to be told during guided tours around the island, fort, prison and newly constructed visitor centre.
Just five minutes from Fota Island which contains Fota House & Gardens, Fota Wildlife Park and Fota Island Resort, Cobh and its surroundings will keep visitors busy throughout the year.
Cobh has three hotels all boasting uninterrupted sea views, plenty of homely B&Bs and even a waterfront campervan park. There is plenty to choose from, catering to all needs and party sizes. Be you a lone traveller, an exploring couple, a fun-loving family or an adventure seeking group, there is accommodation and activities to suit everyone.
A myriad of festivals and events complement the views, scenery, attractions and activities. Cobh and Cork Harbour play host to the Sonia O’Sullivan Cobh 10 Mile Road Race on April 5 and the Jailbreak Triathlon on June 27. Meanwhile, the Cobh People’s Regatta takes place on the weekend of August 14 – 16, offering a feast of both water activities and land-based entertainment.
The hills of Cobh may seem daunting but the houses of the “Deck of Cards” are worth seeking out for a unique photo opportunity. They are the most photographed feature of the town apart from the Cathedral and the town’s prolific summer flower displays.
Cobh may be steeped in history but there are also fun and unusual things to do there. Get on the water in a self-drive boat from Cork Harbour Boat Hire or dress up like in the olden days and be photographed in Cobh Pastimes Photography studio.
You may come across ladies and gentlemen dressed in Victorian costumes from that era, they will be delighted to pose for photographs with visitors. Their warm welcome is just one of many awaiting visitors in Cobh.
For more information about Cobh, visit www.visitcobh.com.