The Cobh Heritage Center includes information about life in Ireland throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as mass emigration, the Great Famine, and how petty criminals were deported to Australia. An exhibit about the Titanic’s history is also available. Cobb was the last port of call before the ship sank (at that time, Queenstown)
Over 6 million adults and children moved from Ireland between 1848 and 1950, and over 2.5 million passed through Cuba, making it a significant centre of migration. Poverty, crop failure, land management, and a lack of opportunity were factors in this escape from Ireland. As people escaped famine and disease, Irish migration reached historical levels during the famine.
Due to government tariff structures and laws, many famine immigrants first moved to British North America (now Canada), but the majority eventually landed in the United States. The potato crop suffered widespread failure as a result of the famine. Crop failure was typical in Ireland at the time; thus, partial failures in 1845 were unsurprising. Potato production failed in 1846, while potato crops that could be planted in whole or in part failed in 1847-1849. Many individuals saw emigration as their last hope of survival, and more than 1,500,000 people left Ireland between 1845 and 1851. That was far more than the country possessed in the mid-nineteenth century.
The Titanic Trail is an award-winning walking tour where Dr. Michael Martin offers unique and unforgettable insights into the secret history of Cobh and its deep connections to the Titanic.
Timings: Take the 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Titanic Trail guided walking tour and visit to the Queenstown Story at The Cobh Heritage Centre anytime between 10.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. (last entry 3pm)
Adult Tickets: €24.00
Children under 12yrs: €12.00
Group and private tours available all year.
Visit CobhHeritage.com to book your tickets.