"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:lovely town, wonderful people
- Cons:expensive as is all of Ireland
- In a nutshell:http://www.cobhharbourchamber.ie/
18 en suite rooms and 2 suites. Victorian era house near the Cathedral with excellent views over the town and harbour.... more travel advice
You can get to Cobh by train, transferring at the station in Cork. When i went i had a friend pick me up at the station... more travel advice
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