These are some suggested itineraries for visitors to Cobh. Add them all together and you will spend a few enjoyable and fulfilling days in Cobh. Remember that Cobh is just 10 minutes from Fota by train, offering even more things to see and do. Cork city is just 25 minutes from Cobh by train with trains every 30 minutes at peak times and every hour at other times.
Sample Itineraries for visitors to Cobh
- Cobh Cultural Tour – Half Day
This is a combination tour – Visitors will have the opportunity to take the Titanic Walking Trail with Dr. Michael Martin followed by a visit to The Queenstown Story @ Cobh Heritage Centre. This combined tour will give the visitor a great understanding of the history and culture of Cobh(Queenstown). The stories of Irish emigration from this port town and the connections with both Titanic and the Lusitania wild be brought to life.
Allow 2 – 2½ hours for completing this Cultural tour.
Groups of all sizes can be catered for, contact the above for information.
- Spike Island Tour – Full Day
This is a must for all visitors to Cobh. Discover how 13 centuries of history on Spike Island’s make it one of the most diverse and interesting places in Ireland.
A 6th century monastery, a 200-year-old fortress built to defend an Empire and that became the largest prison in the world with 2300 inmates, a thriving island community, the struggle for Irish independence, a modern day prison and a transformation into a world class visitor attraction are just some of the fascinating stories.
Fully guided tours, audio guides, island walks, café and activities – Spend the day on
Spike and immerse yourself in history.
- Titanic Day – Half Day
Although it was only in port for a few hours, Cobh formerly Queenstown, has a great connection with the most famous ocean liner ever. To understand the story, visitors can take the famous Titanic Trail walking tour and see the buildings and areas of Cobh associated with the great liner. Following this should be a visit to Titanic Experience to hear the stories of the 123 passengers who boarded her here in Cobh.
A leisurely stroll to the Titanic Memorial Garden, to view the place of anchorage of the Titanic and the Glass Memorial Wall that immortalises Titanic’s Cobh passengers
- Heritage and Maritime History – Half Day
To learn about the local social, maritime and naval history a visit to Cobh Museum is a must. In 2017 the exhibition tells the story of the U.S. Navy in Cobh during WW1. Follow this up with a visit to the Cobh Heritage Centre for an amazing insight into the story of emigration from Cork Harbour. Trace the emigrants journey – North America, Barbados, Australia as convicts or as free travellers seeking a better life in a new land.
- Funday in Cobh – a packed Half Day!
For a fun filled day Cobh has plenty to offer. Hire a self-drive boat from Cork Harbour Boat Hire and see the splendour of Cobh from the water as a safety boat leads you around the magnificent Harbour. Pack in a fun filled hour by finding hidden items, solving riddles and puzzles and entering codes at Escapade Cobh. Your team of between 2 and 8 people will have great fun and your friendly and helpful Gamemaster can provide additional help along the way. Whether you “Escape from Spike Island” take part in a “Late Night Bank Robbery” or help “Sherlock Holmes” to solve his final case before his retirement, you will definitely enjoy a fun filled challenge.
Cobh Pastimes Old Time Photography Studio allows you to dress up and be photographed as in olden times. Costumes, props and imaginative sets make for a great fun photoshoot. Photographs are printed on the spot.
All in all a family fun day with a difference.
- Cobh Cathedral, the Bible Garden at St. Benedict’s Priory and Titanic Memorial Garden
Cobh’s splendid Gothic Cathedral is the town’s number one tourist attraction. St Colman’s cathedral is situated overlooking the town with amazing views over the splendid harbour. Why not combine a visit with a walk to the Titanic Garden a beautiful quiet oasis looking out to where Titanic was at anchor. The names of the passengers are engraved on a glass wall in remembrance. Cobh’s Benedictine Priory is an Oasis of calm in a beautiful Garden setting. The gardens are free to roam around and the Oasis Coffee Shop a delightful place to enjoy refreshments.
- As the Sun Goes Down
Bookings for Escapade Cobh can be made for evening time slots as late as 9pm. Pack in a fun filled hour by finding hidden items, solving riddles and puzzles and entering codes at Escapade Cobh. Your team of between 2 and 8 people will have great fun and your friendly and helpful Gamemaster can provide additional help along the way. Whether you “Escape from Spike Island” take part in a “Late Night Bank Robbery” or help “Sherlock Holmes” to solve his final case before his retirement, you will definitely enjoy a fun filled challenge. Cobh Pastimes Old Time Photography Studio also accommodates late bookings allowing you to dress up and be photographed as in olden times. Costumes, props and imaginative sets make for a great fun photoshoot. Photographs are printed on the spot. A Titanic Trail Walking Tour of Cobh or the infamous Ghost Tour of Cobh are other options.
Many of Cobh’s Bars are Live Music venues and the Roaring Donkey Trad sessions on Wednesday nights and the Rob Roy sessions on Sunday evenings are institutions!