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Top Choice Historic Site in Cobh

Spike Island

This low-lying green island in Cork Harbour was once an important part of the port's defences, topped by an 18th-century artillery fort. In the second half of the 19th century, during the Irish War of Independence, …
Museum in Cobh

Cobh, The Queenstown Story

The howl of the storm almost knocks you off-balance, there's a bit of fake vomit on the deck, and the people in the pictures all look pretty miserable – that's just one room at Cobh Heritage Centre. Housed in the ol…
Museum in Cobh

Titanic Experience Cobh

The original White Star Line offices, where 123 passengers embarked on (and one lucky soul absconded from) the RMS Titanic, now house this powerful insight into the ill-fated liner's final voyage. Admission is by to…
Irish in Cobh

Titanic Bar & Grill

Around the back of the Titanic Experience, with a huge deck overlooking the harbour, this is a stunning spot for a pint. The menu lives up to the stylish glossy timber surrounds with posh versions of pub-grub classi…
Pub in Cobh

Roaring Donkey

It's a steep walk from the seafront but the pay-off is plenty of craic – and often live music – at the wonderfully named Roaring Donkey (allegedly so called because former patrons' donkeys made their presence known …
Pub in Cobh

Kelly's

Sociable punters fill Kelly's day and night. The pub's two rooms are decked out with pew-style seating, chunky wooden furniture, a wood-burning stove and, curiously, a stag's head.
Market in Cobh

Farmers Market

Held on the seafront.
Cathedral in Cobh

St Colman's Cathedral

Dramatically perched on a hillside terrace above Cobh, this massive French Gothic Cathedral is out of all proportion to the town. Its most exceptional feature is the 47-bell carillon, the largest in Ireland, with a …
Museum in Cobh

Cobh Museum

Model ships, paintings, photographs and curious artefacts tracing Cobh's history fill this small but engaging museum. It's housed in the 19th-century Scottish Presbyterian church overlooking the train station.