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Cobh (formerly Queenstown) is a picturesque seaside town in County Cork, Ireland. With its fascinating history and coastal location, it is an ideal base for exploring all that the town, Cork Harbour and East Cork has to offer.
Enjoy watching wild animals roam in a natural environment when you visit the wildlife park at Fota Island, outside Cobh in County Cork. Fota Wildlife Park is set on 70 acres on an island in Cork Harbour only 15 minutes from Cork City. The park differs from ordinary zoos, in that animals and birds from all over the world roam free, so you should be prepared for impromptu encounters with kangaroos and lemurs!
The Titanic Trail in Cobh (14km from Cork City) is a one-hour, guided tour of the final port of call of RMS Titanic. Ramble through the historic streets of a town that has changed little in the last century. The tour brings the story of the ill-fated ship to life, outlining the events in Cobh on the day Titanic embarked on what was to be the final leg of her doomed maiden voyage.
In the century from the Famine until 1950, more than 6 million people emigrated from Ireland, with 2.5 million of those leaving from Cobh. The Cobh Heritage Centre, located right at the port, houses inventive and thought-provoking exhibitions on the history of Cobh and its role as a gateway to the rest of the world.
Cobh’s architecture and streetscape is undeniably Victorian in style, with the massive edifice of St. Colman’s Cathedral dominating the town. Its 49-bell carillon is the only such instrument in Ireland and is the largest in Ireland and Britain.
Boat trips depart from Cobh to Spike Island, a unique location that has been home to a monastery, a fortress and a prison. Cork County Council is developing the island as a means of presenting 1,400 years of history and the Irish diaspora.
A cruise port on the south coast, Cobh is the gateway to the city of Cork. Although some cruise liners stopping off in Cork berth in Ringaskiddy, the vast majority dock right in the heart of Cobh. Stroll the promenade and admire these majestic vessels.
Cobh holds a quirky lottery every August bank holiday Monday, when 6,000 numbered balls are released at the top of a steep hill dubbed the Deck of Cards, with the winning ball being the one that reaches the base of the hill first. Come along and buy a ball for €2.
Held over a weekend in mid-August, the Cobh People’s Regatta features sailing, rowing, and trawler races, as well as children’s events, a fireworks spectacle, and a festival queen competition. A market is also held alongside the regatta events.
The South of Ireland Piping & Drumming Contest takes place over the June bank holiday weekend in the heart of Cobh with competitions in 3 grades starting in the afternoon and bands beginning to arrive at the promenade area from mid-morning. Enjoy the spectacle and sounds of bands piping and drumming in colorful uniforms, with the parade proceeding from the old Town Hall at 5pm to the Lusitania Monument.
Take it easy on the hills of Cobh with a trip on the Cobh Road Train. Listen to the informative commentary of your knowledgeable guide while taking in Cobh’s historic sites and sparkling sea views. The train winds its way up and down the undulating Victorian streets from the centre of town on a ride taking about 45 minutes.
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