The picturesque seaport town of Cobh is located on the Great Island in Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Cobh has a very
long and interesting history. Being a major transatlantic port, Cobh was the departure point for many Irish emigrants to North America, and was the final
port of call for the RMS Titanic. In 1915 The RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat off the old head of Kinsale and the survivors and victims were
brought to Cobh, with over one hundred deceased interred in the old church cemetery. Cobh was also a major port for many who were deported to penal
colonies such as Australia. The town has had very strong Naval ties over the years and facing Cobh on Haulbowline Island is the home of the Irish Naval
In 1849 the town’s name was changed from Cove to Queenstown to honor Queen Victoria’s visit to Ireland that year. The final name-change
to Cobh took place in 1922.
Over 50 ocean-liners visit Cobh every year and recently the Port of Cork was awarded ‘Best Port Of Welcome (Cobh)’ and ‘Best Destination
Experience (Cobh) in the World’ by Dream World Cruise Destinations magazine.
There are many things to do and see in Cobh including the magnificent St Colmans Cathedral, which is dramatically perched on the steep hills of the
town. Take a stroll along the beautiful waterfront and absorb Cobh’s stunning architecture before relaxing in the promenade and admiring the grand
Victorian bandstand. There are a number of historic attractions to visit and many great pubs and restaurants to experience.