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When talking about places to visit in Ireland, you must have heard about Dublin, Galway, Kinsale or even Cork, but today I’ll introduce you to this less famous town: Cobh, Ireland. It is just 30 minutes away from Cork but feels like a new place and has its own vibe.

I think you should definitely add Cobh to your bucket list as you will have so many things to do here. It is a perfect place for a one- or two-day getaway.

Let’s start with the list of top things to do in Cobh so that you can soak in the coastal vibe of this place.

Have a Look At The Titanic Experience In Cobh Ireland

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This is the best thing to do in Cobh. You can get the ultimate experience of the whole Titanic ship and how the passengers lived inside the ship.

At the entrance, you will be given a mock ticket with one of the passenger’s names on it, and after the completion of the whole guided tour, you will get to know if that person was able to survive or not.

If you’ve seen the movie, which I suppose to believe that you have, you must know about their leaving point to the ship which is the ‘Heartbreak Pier’, you will get to see all of these things on your tour.

Your trip to Cobh will be incomplete if you miss visiting this place, it is totally worth it, and you will indeed have a lot of fun. It is advised to book the tickets priorly.

Walk around the Titanic Tail Walking Tour

This will give you a deeper insight into the Titanic history and its ties with the Cobh. This tour will also help you learn about Cobh’s traditional culture. So even if you’re not a big fan of Titanic’s story, you can still have fun knowing about Cobh and its beautiful culture.

It is a 1-hour long tour and will take you through all the historic buildings and streets from the Titanic time.

Visit St. Colman’s Cathedral

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This will be one spot in your walking tour, do visit this gorgeous Cathedral. It is so big that it is almost visible from every high point in Cobh. The Cathedral has a tall bell tower with a carillon with 49 bells that looks out over Cobh harbour. It is worth having a look at this amazing Cathedral.

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You can’t miss this amazing cathedral!

Cobh Heritage Centre

This is a must-visit if you want to know more about the Cobh’s culture or any Irish ancestors. They will tell you the stories about the people who migrated there back then at the start. The Heritage Centre is housed in Cobh’s beautifully restored Victorian railway station.

Click some amazing pictures at the Deck of Cards

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Whenever you search about Cobh, Ireland, I’m sure that you might have come across some pictures of these colourful houses alongside a steep road. They are known as ‘Deck of Cards’ and is one of the most peaceful and beautiful sights.

There’s a small park nearby; you can have fun there or just sit and chill with your friends or family. Kids usually like this place a lot. Keep your camera handy to click some awesome pictures for your Instagram feed.

Enjoy the Waterfront view

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Cobh is a very walkable village, and one of the best places to go for a stroll is along the waterfront and a small fishing boat harbour. Since everything is so nearby each other, you can have great views of the colourful buildings and St. Colman’s Cathedral.

Try to go around sunset time so that you can enjoy the view with a little chilled breeze.

Additional Travel Information For Cobh Ireland

How to get to Cobh?

You can go by car, which is the most convenient option to reach Cobh. Or else, from Cork, you can take the train or the bus to Cobh. From Cork to Cobh, there is an hourly Irish Rail train that takes 24 minutes and costs €6-8.

Cobh is also well-connected to the rest of Ireland by rail and bus. It is practically possible to visit Cobh on a day trip from other nearby cities, but I would not recommend it; Cobh is worth more than a couple of hours!

How to get around Cobh?

Cobh is a very small town, so you don’t need any vehicle, and you can visit all the places on foot or even by car. But I won’t recommend you take the car as every place you go you will have to find parking and pay for the parking in some areas, which I think you might want to avoid.

Wear comfortable footwear as you will be walking, and this is a hilly area, so the roads are pretty steep.

Accommodations options in Cobh

There is a good number of places to stay in Cobh; here are some recommendations:

Bella Vista Hotel

This hotel is located in a very prime location. It is right around the corner of Deck of Cards, and even the Cathedral and the Cobh Heritage Centre are nearby, at walking distance. The place is animal friendly, so if you have a pet with you, this is the best place to stay. They are known for their breakfast menu and mouth-watering continental food service.

Knockeven House

If you want to enjoy a whole vintage style experience, then this is the best place to stay. They have an aesthetic interior and a cooperating staff. You will have access to many services like free parking, free Wi-Fi, but the best part about the place is that it is very peaceful and this even means that you can have a calm relaxing time while you’re in your hotel.

If you want to check out some more accommodation options, then click here.

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I hope that this article was helpful and gave you all the information about Cobh. Now pack your bags and set yourself for an absolute fun getaway. And as Cork City is nearby so to get more insight into things to do in Cork, visit my blog (Click here).

Also If you’re exploring Cork, here are some articles that might interest you:

  1. Kinsale Tourist Guide
  2. Mizen Head Tourist Guide
  3. West Cork Tourist Guide

Do let me know in the comment section about your time at each of these places.

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