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Cobh Cathedral, Cobh

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Witness the beauty of the Roman Catholic Cobh Cathedral, which took 47 years to complete. E.W. Pugin, George Ashlin, and Thomas Coleman began construction in 1867, and it was not completed until 1915. Officially named St. Coleman's Cathedral, this religious site is known for spectacular neo-Gothic architecture. Tour the cathedral and admire its exterior and interior beauty. The cathedral houses the largest church carillon in Ireland, featuring 49 bells. You can also attend Mass, as the cathedral remains in operation. Cobh Cathedral is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Cobh Edition.
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  • It is quite the climb up to St Colman's Cathedral but it is so worth it! Not being the religious type, I was very taken with the building, it is very impressive and very beautiful. I was with my mothe...  more »
  • If you only visit one church/catherdal whilst in Cork it has to be this one. Standing very proud in the centre of Cobh it blew us away. A great sight to see whilst entering the town. There's no admiss...  more »
  • Absolutely stunning Cathedral situated in fantastic location on top of the hill. Fantastic views of the city. The Cathedral inside is majestic, as good as it gets.  more »
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  • A very unique and stunning Catholic Cathedral in the town of Cobh. The size and richness of the church was surprising in such a small community. It sits majestically on the highest hill in town. Be sure to see its interior as it beautiful.
  • Nice glassworks in the cathedral, has a very old organ and well known for its bells. Stunning birds eye view over the harbour.
  • If you are looking for place to visit in Cobh definitely recommend this one. It is really beautiful place and combination of art and spirituality.
  • One of the most beatifull Cathedral in the intire Ireland - (Uma das mais belas catedrais de toda a Irlanda)
  • The nice thing about St. Coleman’s, a Roman catholic Cathedral, is that there is no entrance fee. Of course, as it is a working Cathedral you should avoid taking photographs when religious services are underway and flash Photography should be avoided at all times. I visited the interior a number of times before this visit and because of ongoing construction work it was not practical to take photographs. The church is attractive inside but as it is a relatively new building there is not much of historic interest to be seen. Inside there are some beautiful statues that should impress but I did notice that one reviewer described St. Coleman’s as a wonderful place for idol worshippers … the big difference between Roman Catholic and Church Of Ireland cathedrals in Ireland is that the RC buildings include lots of religious statues and icons which do appeal to many while those owned by the COI feature memorials to wars and our long gone Norman lords and masters but because of their age may be of greater historical interest. My advice is visit all of them and enjoy what is on offer.

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Where to stay in Cobh

Indulge in the comforts of a guesthouse or hotel with beautiful harbor views when you stay on the Great Island in the seaport town of Cobh. This small and colorful hillside town boasts Victorian guesthouses, independent apartments, and charming bed and breakfasts. For less expensive options, look outside the town center and away from the shoreline, where you will be able to enjoy the harbor and all the town has to offer without the high prices.
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