What to do in Cobh
Spending time in Cobh opens up so many possibilities. If you only have a few hours or a few days there is something for everyone. The town is stepped in wonderful architecture and the maritime history is captured in many of its attractions. Boasting beautiful views and multi-coloured buildings, there is something for everyone. Cork City is just a short train or bus ride away offering the delights of the city.
Situated in Cork harbour, (the second biggest natural harbour in the world next to Sydney), it is also the home of the Irish Naval Services. Over 100 majestic cruise ships berth in Cobh per year between April and October bringing thousands of visitors. You can also relax and enjoy the views from the beautiful Promenade or take refreshments in one of the many bars, restaurants or cafes. If you wish to stay longer there is also a great choice of accommodation. See the information below for everything you need for your stay in Cobh.
Titanic Experience – Take a guided Tour of Cobh’s Historic White Star Line building and retrace the footsteps of Titanic’s last passengers!
Spike Island – Enjoy a spectacular view of Cobh from the harbour, as you take the short boat trip out to Spike Island. There you will be greated by knowledgable guides who will explain the history of this historic Island fortress. Explore 1,300 years of history and heritage.
Cobh Heritage Centre – The Queenstown Story, retrace the steps of 3 million adults and children who emigrated from Cobh (Queenstown) including ‘Annie Moore’ the first emigrant to be processed on Ellis Island. Learn about the social, naval and maritime history of the town and the special connection between Cobh and the ill-fated Titanic and Lusitania.
Cork Harbour Boat Hire – Take a boat trip around the harbour and learn all about the rich history while you enjoy driving your own boat.
Titanic Trail – Daily guided Walking tours of Cobh. Enjoy the fascinating heritage of Cobh on a gentle stroll through the town. Fascinating insights from the research of Dr Michael Martin
St Colman’s Cathedral – Majestic in its setting on Cobh’s terraced slopes overlooking the town. Founded in 1868 and holds the largest Carillon in Europe with wonderful views of the harbour and town.
The Rob Roy– Cobh’s Heritage Pub. No trip to Ireland would be complete without experiencing a pint of the ‘black stuff’ and traditional Irish music. Both can be found at the Rob Roy bar also craft beers and Jameson’s Irish coffee.
Jack Doyles Bar & Restaurant – Great authentic Irish pub with super food menu in a part of Cobh Town called ‘top of the hill’.
Grande Italia Pizza– Great Italian pizzas and sides to have in house or take away. Collection or deliver.
Leonardo’s Kimbo Cafe – Great coffee, scones, a selection of sandwiches or a fantastic Irish breakfast can all be found in this cafe.
Esapade Cobh – Escapage Cobh is a fun memorable and immersive experience which will be sure to get your brain and pulse racing. An escape room to rival all others, great fun for all the family.
Fota Wildlife Park – Fabulous day out for all the family. Meet Cork’s pride of lions and other animals just a short drive from Cobh.
Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens – Immerse yourself in the charms of this elegant Regency House and enjoy the tranquil beauty of Fota’s gardens.
Great Island Car Rentals – To give you freedom to explore hiring a car or people carrier couldn’t be easier. Ray Mills offers a great selection at great rates.
The Commodore Hotel – An elegant Georgian residence, the Commodore Hotel is located directly on the main street of Cobh, overlooking Cork Harbour. Forty guest rooms many decorated to highlight their Georgian features with high ceilings and large windows.
The Waters Edge Hotel– Set on Cobh waterfront this airy, casual hotel is Cobh centre. The country-chic rooms are individually decorated and feature many facilities, rooms have harbour views, and some have balconies.
The Radission Blu Hotel – Little Island situated between Cobh and Cork City. Set on 4 hectares of gardens, this upscale hotel has cosy rooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, safes, and tea and coffee making facilities.
Ard na Laoi – Bed and Breakfast is approved by The Irish Tourist Board and is recommended by Rick Steeves in his guide. It is situated in the town centre with easy access to the train station.
Mountview House – Take in stunning Atlantic vistas from Mount View. The bed and breakfast is a beautiful townhouse that boasts wonderful views of St. Colman’s Cathedral and the idyllic harbour.
Knockeven House – This unique period house built in 1840 recaptures the charm of the past in a relaxing friendly atmosphere offering the finest traditions of Country House hospitality
The Sardinian – Offering a 6 bedroom 6 bathroom guest house rich in history, situated in the picturesque tourist town of Cobh.
The Voyager – Situated in Casement Square, in the center of town. These great self catering Apartments are ideally situated in a Georgian building close to all amenities and attractions.
Westbeach House – Stunning house with with beautiful sea views from each bedroom. It is overlooking the Promenade on one side and the Old Yacht Club and the Sirius Centre , on the other situated in Cobh town.
Camper Van Park – If you have a camper van there is parking and limited facilities within walking distance of the town. Call us for more details.
Useful Links – Pure Cork, Visit Cobh, Failte Ireland, Discover Ireland