Cobh is a charming and historic natural harbour overlooked by the splendid St. Coleman’s Cathedral, located 18km or 20 minutes’ drive from the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs. Cobh is the second largest natural harbour in the world (after Sydney Harbour in Australia) and attracts approximately 60 cruise liners a year.
Cobh is steeped in history. Approximately 2.5 million survivors of the Great Famine emigrated from this port from 1848-1850. Cobh was also the final port of call for Titanic passengers in 1912.
While visiting Cobh there are several key attractions to experience. For the keen historian, Titanic Experience Cobh offers a partially guided, virtual tour giving an insight into the final 123 passengers on the famous liners’ final journey. This tour includes holograms, audiovisual presentations and exhibits and lasts an hour. Tours run every 15 minutes from 09:00-17:15. Adult’s admission is €9.50.
Cobh, The Queenstown Story is another impressive museum with a genealogy centre & café. It is located in the old train station (next to the current station) and chronicles Irish emigration across the Atlantic in the wake of the Great Famine.
St. Coleman’s Cathedral is particularly impressive and so detailed it took 50 years to complete. The cathedral boasts stunning stained glasses, magnificent sculpted carvings and beautiful marble floors all in a French Gothic styled architecture. Guided tours are available at 15:30 on Sundays.
Located on the waters of Cobh, the John F Kennedy Park overlooks the beautiful scenery of Cobh’s harbour. Take a well-deserved rest in the park and enjoy the calm, lulling waters nearby.
Should you have an extra 2 hours to spare, make sure to take a ferry out to Spike Island, a former prison. Take either a downloadable self-guided walking tour of this low-lying green island and its 18th century artillery fortifications or pay more for a guided tour.
Make the most of your day visit to Cobh and avail of one of our spectacular offers at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs where you may be ensured of a good night’s sleep.
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