"Cobh, Ireland" Top 5 Page for this destination Cobh by tvor

Cobh Travel Guide: 88 reviews and 234 photos

Cobh (pronounced "cove") is a small town on an island in Cork City's harbour, It used to be called Queenstown after Queen Victoria and was the embarkation point for thousands of Irish who emigrated during the Great Famine of the 1840's. There's also a Titanic connection as it was the last port of call before the liner headed off across the North Atlantic, ultimately meeting its icy cold fate.

There's a Heritage Center, a nearby wildlife preserve on Fota Island, a lovely cathedral and lots of lovely shops, pubs and monuments scattered around the picturesque and sometimes *very* steep streets that are lined with brightly painted buildings and houses.

I have visited here because my friends Rose and Mal live here with their son Jack. My first visit in 2002, I flew from Manchester to Dublin and took a shuttle bus to Heuston train station. The second time i flew from Manchester to Dublin, then changed and flew to Cork. The second visit was to attend Rose and Mal's wedding!

The houses and buildings here are squared, plastered and with very little adornment. They are painted brightly with what is probably a concerted effort that no two houses side by side are the same colour. The window casements are painted a contrasting colour and gleamed in the morning sun. There are LOTS of pubs, over 40 Rose says, mostly in the downtown area. There are lots of shipping liner references, The Lusitania victims are buried in an old cemetery on the outskirts of the village and Cobh, or Queenstown as it was then, was the last port of call for the Titanic before it headed across the Atlantic. There was a restaurant that was renovated with a Titanic theme with the bar was remodeled on one of the bars in the Titanic.

Cobh has a performing arts center, a lovely cathedral that rises over the town, and nearby is Cork City and also Fota Island.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:lovely town, wonderful people
  • Cons:expensive as is all of Ireland
  • In a nutshell:http://www.cobhharbourchamber.ie/
  • Last visit to Cobh: Apr 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Great Cobh pages.! Ireland is fun, isn't it?

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2007 at 8:32 PM

    What a gem Cobh seems to be. Your tips are informative as well as interesting. You have some lovely photos, especially that introductory one.

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2007 at 11:28 AM

    Amazing connection between Queenstown and the Titanic! I think Fota Island would be a great place to take the grandkids. Cobh's quaint streets certainly look appealing--a great spot in which to wander...

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2006 at 3:53 PM

    Looks like a nice place to visit. Good tips and pics.

  • chiara76's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2005 at 6:33 AM

    Very nice page, I like the photos and useful infos. Greetings from Warsaw.

  • aaaarrgh's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2005 at 6:36 PM

    Interesting bits about the cathedral. I was slightly disappointed with it. Guess I am hyper critical :-)

  • ettenaj's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2004 at 7:13 AM

    The Queenstown story is brilliantly portayed here, quite upsetting too. :-((

  • TempNomad's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2003 at 1:50 PM

    I love the shot of the animals...what are they? They weren't what I expected to see in the Cobh pages! :)

  • prleprle's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2003 at 9:16 AM

    Very lovely town. Would like to spend few days there and to "feel Ireland"! Fine presentation!

  • hevbell's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2003 at 1:26 PM

    I've heard of this town before, its looks really nice. I definitely want to go there on my next visit to Ireland :) nice page! :)


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