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Cobh Heritage Centre, Cobh

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History Museum Museum
At Cobh Heritage Centre, you can learn about Irish history and daily life during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Queenstown Experience features exhibits about Irish history, including emigration, the Great Irish Famine, and the RMS Titanic. The Titanic's final stop was in Cobh, which was formerly called Queenstown. Once you have finished touring the museum, relax at the cafe or browse one of the two gift shops. The museum is attached to the Cobh railway station and is a favorite stop for cruise ship visitors. To visit Cobh Heritage Centre on your holiday in Cobh, and find out what else Cobh has to offer, use our Cobh holiday planner.
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  • Learned more here than at the Titanic exhibit in Belfast. This was much more interesting but wish we had arrived sooner and had more time. It had tips for finding your Irish ancestors included. This w...  more »
  • Installed in the former railway station of Cobh (very fine example of revitalization of heritage), this charming little Museum retraces part of the Ireland of the 18th and 19th century history, affected by the Great Famine and massive emigration (1,500,000 between 1845-1851) constraint to the United States, the Canada and the Australia (including prisoners) from the ports of Cobh or Queenstown. A close relationship with Quebec (quarantine at Grosse Île, near Montmagny). Beautifully mounted, both visually (reconstruction of scene at the dock, on ships) and sound (audio guide available in several languages), these exhibitions will be able to enchant the whole family. It addresses also several elements of the maritime regional history including that of the Titanic (full although the exhibition at the Museum of Belfast) and that of the Lusitania, which was sunk by a German torpedo in May 1915 at a few km from the Irish coast (1198 dead on 1959 passengers). The ticket was designed in the image of the time boarding tickets (Passenger Ticket Contract) with a name of one of the passengers of these vessels the exhibition traces a part of life (search on what ship it was, and what was his role on board...). We enjoyed much this small museum located in a superb setting. Before leaving, immortalize your visit with a picture next to the statue of Annie Moore and her two brothers (the first Irish immigrant welcomed at Ellis Island (N.Y.) on January 1, 1892).
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  • I never realised how far and wide the Irish people had immigrated to. Places like Brazil & the Caribbean were never in my mind as their destinations. Seeing all the places they moved to and the circum...  more »
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  • If you have to visit only one museum in the Cork area, it's this one. Nested inside the old train and ferry station itself, that museum is very well organized and modern. No spoilers, but the first room is especially impressive! I highly recommend this visit. Make sure you also have some apple pie and tea at the cafeteria after. :)
  • Anyone with Irish ancestry will appreciate this place as many of their ancestors set sail from here to the U.S. and other places throughout the world. There is also good information and photos from and about the Titanic.
  • Great history, learnt a lot and a good mix of different types of exhibits. Absolutely recommend and thoroughly enjoyed myself! Spent maybe 1.5h inside as I tried to read many of the writeups. Could be covered in 1h if fast or 2h if slow!
  • Interesting, historic port. So many stories, I wish I had had more time to explore it. Lat stop of the Titanic before she went out to the open sea.
  • A great place to learn of Cobh's rich history and heritage. Much to be seen there.

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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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