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“Harbour Town Experience.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cobh

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Fermoy, Ireland
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95 reviews
88 helpful votes
“Harbour Town Experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2014

Cobh is best known for its connections with the famous ill fated Liner Titanic. There is an exhibition Centre in the train station relating to the Liner which is very informative and interesting. It is possible to get a train into Cork City which is very handy for shopping or to visit many of the famous attractions around the City and there is not the hassle of trying to find parking which can be time consuming and frustrating. Cobh has a long tradition of sea faring and is one of the deepest natural harbours in the world. Every summer there are a long list of Cruise Liners that visit Cobh and they bring large crowds to the town to admire the huge Liners. The Irish Navy is also head quartered in the harbour and the Navy Ships can be seen Tied up at their allotted piers. Spike Island is also part of the Harbour and is famous for its history as an island prison. There are boat tours available to take around the harbour and it is possible to visit the Island as part of the tour. Cobh Town Council have installed a dedicated parking area for visiting Motorhomes / Camper Vans very close to where the Cruise Liners Dock and across from the Navy Base. The view around and across the Harbour is delightful and inspiring. Up on the hill above the Harbour Cobh Cathedral is amazing in its presence and stands out proudly above the town, it is well worth the walk up the steep hill to visit and view the cathedral. Out at the mouth of the harbour is the famous Roches Point Light House which guides the shipping both Entering and Leaving the Harbour, this is a popular area to go to to see the huge Cargo Ships and Cruise Liners as they pass underneath the Light House on entering the mouth of the harbour. It is possible to wander up to the Light House and look out to Sea to look at the Fishing Trawlers / Cargo Ships / Cruise Liners passing and entering and leaving the harbour. The Town of Cobh is picturesque with its many colours on the buildings there are good restaurants / Pubs to Visit, there is also a lovely Park in the centre of the town right on the water which has a band stand and plenty of seating. During the summer months and on the days that Cruise Liners visit and dock at the port there are brass bands entertaining the crowds and welcoming the Liners To Ireland's Famous Harbour Port. The summer season is the best time to visit the town and is the busiest time of the year for the town.

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4 Thank James L
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Poynton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 helpful votes
“Titanic museum Queenstown”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2014

Really interesting, this is the place where Titanic boarded before embarking on that tragic journey. And what an enormous and imposing church that totally dominates Cobh... Pretty multicoloured harbour cottages and a handy ferry crossing make Cobh a good day out .

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1 Thank Rebecca R
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London, England
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11 reviews
12 helpful votes
“Train ride to Cobh”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

Excellent train service to Cobh where, when you arrive, there is an absorbing exhibition in the station.
The town itself has the air of a village and a pretty one at that. So much history around you and dominated by an imposing cathedral overlooking the town. Good for a walk along the harbour.

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews
11 helpful votes
“Historic harbor town from which emigrants departed on liners for America”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

The view of Cork harbour and the emigration museum in the former railroad station are well worth the short trip from Cork City.

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1 Thank Don M
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Kilkenny
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131 reviews
96 helpful votes
“Pretty and Pretty Historic!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

Cobh is one of Ireland's prettiest costal towns. It is a lovely place to visit. Park your car and walk along the quays. In the harbour you are faced with Haulbowline, the main base of the Irish navy, and past that is Spike Island which has been home to a monastic settlement, English gun emplacement and prison in it's long and varied life. John Mitchel who wrote Jail Journal was incarcerated here for a time. The harbour has seen some history. It was the last port of call for the Titanic before it's disastrous maiden voyage and was the embarkation point for the English army on it's way to many wars including the Peninsular war under Arthur Wellesley, later the Duke of Wellington. Saint Colman's Cathedral towers above the town and offers great views across the harbour. I highly recommend a visit to the Titanic experience where you can learn all you need to know about the ill fated vessel.

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