Things to do in Cobh

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Dublin: Full-Day Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle

1. Dublin: Full-Day Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin on a full-day tour south to the vibrant city of Cork. Kills the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle, admire Georgian buildings in the city center, and visit Cork Harbor to see a Victorian era train station and transatlantic terminal.   Depart by train from Heuston Station in the early morning for the InterCity service to Cork City. Upon arrival, head to Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famous Blarney Stone and acquire the gift of eternal eloquence. Relax with some free time to shop and enjoy lunch in Blarney village. Head to Cork for a short city tour of Ireland’s southern capital, famous for its arts, music and literature scenes.  Built on the site of a 6th-century monastic settlement, the city center is full of Georgian buildings, 17th-century alleys, and dynamic new architecture. Continue your journey along Cork Harbour to Cobh, location of the Queenstown Story Heritage Center.  Set in a beautifully-restored railway station of the Victorian age, it was also the transatlantic terminal that served as the point of departure to the New World for generations of Irish emigrants, from the time of famine up to recent years. Transfer back to Cork City center to catch your return InterCity train back to Dublin, with a scheduled arrival at Heuston Station at in the evening. 

Rail Tour from Dublin: 6 Days All of Ireland

2. Rail Tour from Dublin: 6 Days All of Ireland

Day 1 Check in Dublin Heuston Station (Customer Service Desk) for 7:00 departure of InterCity train to Cork (breakfast available). We visit Blarney Castle, the Queenstown Story at Cobh, then train to Killarney for two nights B & B with en-suite facilities. Day 2 10.00 depart Killarney on Ring of Kerry tour. We have a wonderful day viewing some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery, including Dingle Bay. We also see the Macgillicuddy Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain Carrantuohill, Moll's Gap, Ladies View and the world famous Lakes of Killarney. Overnight in Killarney. Day 3 07.30 transfer from Killarney to Limerick, to join the Cliffs of Moher Tour, visit Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher, O'Connors Pub at Doolin, Galway Bay, overnight Galway City in 3 star Hotel (2 nights). Day 4 10.30am transfer to Connemara Airport for flight and tour of Inishmór, largest of the Aran Islands Day 5 10.00 depart Galway for tour of Connemara, including Kylemore Abbey after which we depart Galway by train, arriving Dublin Heuston 20.45 transfer by tram to three star hotel for two nights (room only). Day 6 Check in Dublin Connolly Station at 07.10 departure for the Giants Causeway tour. At Belfast we join our tour and head to the famous Antrim Coast Road crossing the lovely Glens of Antrim en route to Ballycastle and the Carrick-a-rede* rope bridge (Mid March - October only. Glimpse the Scottish coast on a clear day. We continue to the stunning Giant's Causeway next, seeing Dunluce Castle (photo stop only). We return to Belfast and our train to Dublin arriving at Connolly station at 22:20 for second night in three star hotel. Depart Monday/Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday (March to October only) * Price is per person sharing Single Room Supplement applies

Cobh: 1-Hour Titanic Ghost Tour

3. Cobh: 1-Hour Titanic Ghost Tour

Tapping into a rich Irish folklore, hear tales of the paranormal and hauntings as you wander the darkened streets of Cobh on this 1-hour ghost tour of a town that has remained virtually unchanged since RMS Titanic departed from Cork Harbour in 1912. Learn about the spectre of a young Irish emmigrant, the haunting of Pillars Bar, and the ghostly cries of a child at a local hotel. Suitable for all ages, and a great family night out, the ghost walk is also a great precursor to an office party, corporate outing, or hen night. Formerly known as “Queenstown,” Cobh is at the heart of Ireland’s immigration, transportation, and cruise liner history. It’s most famous as the last port of call before the RMS Titanic set sail on her fatal jouney across the Atlantic in 1912. The tour provides an emotional journey back to the day when 123 passengers boarded at Cobh on their hopeful voyage across the ocean. Stop for a bloody cocktail at an atmospheric bar before the end of your tour.

The Titanic Trail: 1-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Cobh

4. The Titanic Trail: 1-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Cobh

This fascinating guided walking tour explores the town of Cobh in Cork Harbor, which was the last port of call of RMS Titanic. Participants are taken by specially trained guides to re-live a Titanic timeline journey through the historic town of Cobh. The vista of the town remains the same as it was on the day the Titanic's passengers embarked from the Port of Cork. The tour recounts many interesting facts about the Titanic, the Titanic's history, and its association with Cobh from when it departed on its last fateful journey nearly 100 years ago. The Titanic walking tour will bring you through the streets and environs of Cobh, revealing locations and incidents directly connected to the Titanic and many other aspects of Cork Harbor’s history and Irish heritage.

Cobh: 3-Hour Cultural Tour Plus

5. Cobh: 3-Hour Cultural Tour Plus

The Cobh Cultural Tour is a combination tour that includes the Titanic Trail Guided Walking Tour of Cobh and a self-guided visit to the Queenstown Story Heritage Center. Combining both of these attractions will provide a unique insight into the broad maritime, social and military heritage of one of the most historical towns in Ireland. The scheduled Titanic Trail Walking Tour will take approximately 1-hour and explores the many buildings and monuments of Cobh reflecting the rich maritime history of the town. Places and stories closely associated with events such as the final departure of Titanic's last passengers, the tide of emigration from Ireland and the sinking of the Lusitania will all be explored and explained from the fascinating doctoral level research of Michael Martin, author and creator of the tour. The Queenstown Story Heritage Center will trace the history of emigration to North America, the military presence in the harbor during the First World War, age of the great transatlantic liners and the dark period of 'convict' transportation to Australia can be visited anytime between 10:00 and 16:00. Repeat visits to the center will be permissible on the day of booking.

From Dublin: 3-Day Cork, Ring of Kerry & the Cliffs of Moher

6. From Dublin: 3-Day Cork, Ring of Kerry & the Cliffs of Moher

Day 1 Check in Dublin Heuston (Customer Service Desk) for 07:00 departure of InterCity train (breakfast available) to Cork. Transfer by road to Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone. After time for lunch and shopping and a flavor of Cork City, visit Cobh Heritage Centre, home of the "Queenstown Story," where the Titanic made its last port of call, and from where 3 million Irish people emigrated. Depart Cobh by train to Killarney, where you will be taken to your bed & breakfast accommodation, with en-suite facilities. There are numerous restaurants in Killarney, as well as traditional pubs-many with live traditional Irish music. Day 2 Embark on the famous Ring of Kerry tour, which is a largely coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, with lots of stunning mountain and coastal scenery, including the famous Lakes of Killarney. After the day's touring, the evening is free in Killarney. Day 3 Leave Killarney for Limerick, to join the Cliffs of Moher tour. Take a short city tour of Limerick, and then visit Bunratty Castle, before lunch at a traditional pub at Doolin. You will have plenty of time to see the majestic Cliffs of Moher, before taking the coastal route around Galway Bay, with stops for photos. Return to Dublin by InterCity train, arriving at 20:45. * Prices are per person sharing Single Room Supplement applies

Cobh: Guided Historic Walking Tour

7. Cobh: Guided Historic Walking Tour

Throughout this experience, you will visit 16 historical sites which consist of ambush sites, safe houses, training halls, and barracks. You will also visit places of detention for the Cobh republican volunteers, where you will hear about their impact on Irish History. Your tour guide will help bring the town to life through his accounts of the people, places, and stories of Ireland. You will hear of stories ranging from the potato famine to the Irish war for independence, and everything in between. Your guide is a warm and informative host who will hold your attention the entire time, and his stories are priceless. The tour will proceed at a leisurely pace, stopping at sites and buildings to allow guests engagement through questions/answers and related chat.

County Cork: 1-Hour Titanic Centenary Tour

8. County Cork: 1-Hour Titanic Centenary Tour

Take a 1-hour Titanic Centenary Tour and enjoy a guided walk that highlights the relationship between the Titanic and the seaport town of Cobh, County Cork. A tour guide will take you along the streets of Cobh, showing you locations and telling you about incidents directly connected to the Titanic. Hear about other aspects of Cork harbor history and Irish heritage as well. You’ll receive a special pack of Titanic collectables, including a signed copy of the Titanic Booklet, Titanic Trail Cobh (Queenstown) and a unique print from the Father Browne photographic collection of the Titanic's visit to its last port of call. The booklet also includes a certificate of completion, which will be personalized with your name and the date of the tour. Your Father Browne print can be selected from 6 specially chosen prints that trace the Titanic's arrival, anchoring, and departure from Cobh.

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4.7 / 5

based on 118 reviews

Our guides were excellent Brian and Paddy. They were very informative. I learned so much about the Irish History. Pro's: Pro's great way to see most of the country and learn about the history from a professional. Everything was included as far as tickets, hotels and breakfast. I enjoyed being with other travelers and we made lasting friendships. Cons: We are on a schedule and so could not spend as much time as we wanted at some of the sights and venues. Lunch place was always predetermined so you were stuck going only to their choice. Most places were pretty good by average cost of the meals were 40-50 Euros per couple. It would have been nice to have a day off in the middle to rest a bit. Overall it was a great way to see the country for the first time.

It was great. We thank Brian who was our Guide the first 3 days, in a very good mood and very interesting. this excursion really allowed you to discover all of Ireland

We had a great guide in Patrick, who was very knowledgeable and pleasant. We learned a lot and had a good time, thank you

Guide Pat was amazing. Incredible breadth of knowledge that extended far beyond Titanic stuff. A highlight of my trip!

Got to experience and visit some extreme places in beautiful Cork!