Cobh, Ireland

Introduction to Cobh, Ireland

Charming Cobh is as historic as it is picturesque. Situated on the beautiful southern coast of Great Island in Cork harbour, this seaside town has served as a route into and out of Ireland for centuries. 

Cobh – formerly known as Queenstown before locals referred back to the old Irish name in 1922 – was the embarkation point for approximately 2.5 million people who emigrated to America from the 'Emerald Isle' between 1848 and 1950, and was famously the Titanic's final port of call on her ill-fated maiden voyage in April 1912. 

Today this delightful seaside town is accustomed to welcoming cruise ship guests and visitors, rather than waving off those looking for a better life away from Irish shores. As you sail into the world's second largest natural harbour, the sight of the town's brightly coloured houses and imposing, Gothic Revival style St. Colman's Cathedral – which proudly overlooks the harbour from one of the steepest hills – beckons you to step ashore and explore.

Within the town there are a number of fantastic attractions which offer visitors a glimpse into Cobh's fascinating past. These include the Cobh Heritage Centre, which looks back to the gruelling potato famine period and explains how emigration affected the town and Ireland; the interesting museum, which explores Cobh's maritime heritage and the impact of RMS Lusitania's sinking just off the coast of the town; and the Titanic Experience, where you can experience a virtual version of ship's infamous voyage, from check-in to when the vessel sank in the Atlantic. 

Cobh is also a gateway to many of County Cork's highlights. From here you can take a tour to discover the delights of nearby Cork City; journey to Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone; or head to Midleton to sample authentic Irish whisky at the Jameson Heritage Centre.

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Cork, Ireland

A WALKING TOUR OF CORK CITY (TOUR E)

  • Immerse yourself into the heart of Cork, a cosmopolitan yet engagingly Irish City
  • Admire South Mall – one of the most gracious streets in the city
  • Explore the English Market, which is over 200 years old and one of Cork’s greatest assets

 

Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Cork, a city of steeples and bridges, was made for walking.

After a short drive through the rolling countryside, you will arrive at the Imperial Hotel, where you will commence your walking tour. Leaving the South Mall, cross Parnell Bridge to admire the view. From here you will discover the City Hall, the fluted columns of the Savings Bank, the modern lines of the College of Commerce and Morrison’s Island. Continuing, the slender spire of the Holy Trinity Church rises up across the river. Stop at the Parliament Bridge, as you approach the South Gate Bridge, to view the three spires of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, part of the city skyline. It is then time to stroll down Sharman-Crawford to Clarke’s Bridge, one of the most atmospheric places in the city. Despite the bustling city surrounding it, the bridge has remained tranquil and quaint.

Departing this quiet corner of the city, head for the hustle and bustle of the main thoroughfares of city life. As you walk onto North Main Street and through Castle Street, you will suddenly find yourself in a very cosmopolitan part of the city, full of pedestrian laneways, cafés, book and antique shops, and the people of Cork going about their business. Enjoy time to explore the English Market, with its array of stalls selling traditional Cork foods.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 UK & IRELAND CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a walking tour, so guests should be prepared to walk and stand throughout the duration of the tour. Some parts of the tour will be over uneven and cobbled ground, and there may be some steps to negotiate. It is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note that if our call falls on a Sunday, the English Market is closed, in which case free time will be given in the shopping district instead. The order of sights seen on this walk may vary to that described.

 

 


Jaqmeson Distillery

CORK CITY & JAMESON EXPERIENCE

  • Discover Ireland’s second city
  • Learn more about whiskey making traditions
  • Relax in a traditional Irish pub setting and sample some of Ireland’s finest whiskey   
Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Enjoy an introduction to Cork and its surroundings on a panoramic coach tour, en route to the world-renowned Jameson Heritage Centre in Midleton.

Upon arrival at the Centre, which has been the home of Jameson Whiskey since 1975, enjoy a brief audio-visual presentation about the history of the centre followed by a guided tour of this beautifully restored 18th century industrial complex, which includes a fully operational waterwheel and a copper still with a capacity of 32,000 gallons – the largest in the world. Then comes the tasting! Relax in the atmosphere of a traditional Irish pub and sample some of Ireland’s finest whiskey.

Following your drink, time at leisure will allow you to visit the craft shop or the coffee shop here at the Old Midleton Distillery, where you can lose yourself in the charm of another age. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The tour of the distillery is made on foot and there will be approximately 15 steps to negotiate. It is considered suitable for wheelchair users; however some parts of the tour will be over uneven surfaces. Participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Guests are advised to wear flat shoes with non-slip soles. A glass of whiskey (or a soft drink) is included in the cost of the tour. Please note that Cork will be viewed from the coach and the tour may operate in reverse order.

 


Cruises to Cobh, Ireland

CORK ON YOUR OWN

  • Discover the delights of Cork city
  • Spend time at leisure exploring the highlights
  • Enjoy approximately four hours of free time to discover Cork 
Activity Tour
Price£15.00-£25.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

If you have visited Cobh before or simply prefer to do your own thing, this tour is perfect! An approximate 30 minute journey from the quayside will take you to the heart of Cork.

You will have approximately four hours of free time in the city to discover the sights, browse the shops or just relax in a local café and soak up the atmosphere!

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is a transfer only and will not be guided; therefore you are responsible for being at the designated pick-up point at the correct time. Please note that there is no shuttle bus planned to operate to Cork from Cobh and it is an approximate 30-minute drive. There is, however, a local train service which would allow you to visit Cork independently.

 


Cobh Cruises

LEISURELY DRIVE & WEST CORK TOWN

  • Enjoy a region blessed with some of Ireland’s most spectacular and untouched scenery
  • Beautiful Clonakilty has been designated West Cork’s Heritage Town, and a visit to the town soon shows why
Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Discover the west of Cork, where the shoreline twists and darts in and out of creeks, bays and coves, whilst inland features tranquil pastureland of soft green hills, where milking cows graze.

Clonakilty is located at the top of a winding inlet and is a lively market town. You will feel at home here among the attractive traditional shop fronts and hand-painted signs, in both English and Irish. The Post Office is housed in an old Presbyterian church and the Town Council and Library in a converted Corn Mill with the river flowing beneath. Narrow streets and lanes open into elegant squares. It is a town of tall spires, towers and historic buildings - the brewery buildings, mills and quayside warehouse, all tell of the town's busy trading and industrial past.

Delight in a cup of tea or coffee and scone at a local hotel, before enjoying free time at leisure to browse the many shops or wander through the narrow streets, before re-boarding your tour coach for the return journey to your awaiting ship

TOUR DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that walking undertaken during the period of free time will be at the discretion of the individual. Guests will enjoy approximately one and a half hours of free time in Clonakilty - the rest of the tour will be leisurely driving. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided.


Kinsale, Ireland

PANORAMIC CORK & KINSALE

  • Discover the many sights of Cork
  • Explore the charming and world-acclaimed sailing town of Kinsale
  • Admire one of the most picturesque and fashionable resorts of southwest Ireland
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Cork is a compact, vibrant Irish city, filled with history, culture and creativity. Famous for its people, sports and festivals – a panoramic tour today will introduce you to the city.

Enjoy a pleasant drive in which you will discover the Old Courthouse, the City Hall and the renowned Bells of Shandon. You will stop to photograph St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, whose spires dominate the city skyline. Leaving the city, travel to Kinsale - a town nestled between the hills and the shoreline, to discover a maze of narrow streets, never far from the water. Upon arrival in Kinsale, a stop will be made to photograph Charles Fort before you are invited to enjoy time at leisure to explore the town independently.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The amount of walking undertaken during the period of free time will be at the discretion of the individual. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that you will view Cork from the coach and this tour may operate in reverse order.


Blarney Castle, Ireland

PANORAMIC CORK CITY & BLARNEY CASTLE

  • Discover the famous Blarney Stone, which is said to impart eloquence to those who kiss it
  • Browse for Irish gifts, clothing, crafts and Celtic jewellery at Blarney Woollen mills
  • Enjoy a panoramic drive which will introduce you to Cork
Activity Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Discover Ireland’s second city with a panoramic drive and enjoy a visit to the famous Blarney Stone – where legend has it kissing the stone bestows the gift of eloquence.

Travelling out of Cobh, you will enjoy a leisurely drive to the little village of Blarney, which lies in the protective shadow of historic Blarney Castle. The castle was built in two sections and has a massive oblong keep, with battlements that are typically Irish in form. Below them lies the famous Blarney Stone which is set in the wall. Should you wish to kiss it, one has to lean over backwards from the parapet walk of the battlements. Here you will enjoy a visit to the castle and should you wish to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, you will be able to.

Blarney is also home to Blarney Woollen Mills, a building which dates back to 1823, and is now one of the finest craft and gift centres in Ireland. Here you can taste an Irish coffee* and have free time to browse through the wide range of Irish clothing, crystal, linen and handicrafts.

Next, you will embark on a panoramic tour of Cork, to introduce you to the city’s highlights. Cork City has become the shopping and commercial capital of the south. It is a university city with a unique character, a city of jazz, film, opera and theatre. However, as well as offering the many amenities of a large city, it still manages to retain the pleasant charm and friendliness of a country town. You will see the spires of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, the Old Courthouse, City Hall and the renowned Bells of Shandon before returning to your ship in Cobh. Pass by Fota Island Resort, an important recreation and Amenity Park and the Golf Club, which has twice played host to the Irish Open Championship. 

* ON THE D1623 & L1629 - Irish Coffee will be replaced with Mulled Wine

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that you will view Cork city from the coach. You will visit the Castle for approximately two hours; where there will be steps to negotiate – should you wish to kiss the stone, there will be 108 stone steps. This tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users, as walking at the castle will be over uneven surfaces. Guests are advised to wear flat, non-slip soles. This tour may operate in reverse order.


TOUR AW - PANORAMIC CORK CITY & BLARNEY CASTLE

  • Visit Blarney Castle, a medieval stronghold built in the 15th century
  • Discover the famous Blarney Stone, which is said to impart eloquence to those who kiss i
  • Enjoy a panoramic drive which will introduce you to Cork

 

Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Explore Ireland’s second city with a panoramic drive of Cork, and enjoy a visit to the famous Blarney Stone – where legend has it that kissing the stone bestows the gift of eloquence.

Travelling out of Cobh, you will enjoy a leisurely drive to the little village of Blarney, which lies in the protective shadow of historic Blarney Castle. Enjoy a visit to the castle, which was built in two sections and has a massive oblong keep, with battlements that are typically Irish in form. Below them lies the famous Blarney Stone which is set in the wall. Should you wish to kiss it, one has to lean over backwards from the parapet walk of the battlements.

Next, embark on a panoramic tour of Cork, which will introduce you to the city’s highlights. Cork City has become the shopping and commercial capital of the south. It is a university city with a unique character, a city of jazz, film, opera and theatre. However, as well as offering the many amenities of a large city, it still manages to retain the pleasant charm and friendliness of a country town. During a scenic drive you will see the spires of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, the old Courthouse, City Hall and the renowned Bells of Shandon before returning to your ship in Cobh.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that you will view Cork  from the coach. You will visit Blarney Castle for approximately two hours and there will be steps to negotiate – should you wish to kiss the stone, there will be 108 stone steps to negotiate. This tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair users, as walking at the castle will be over uneven surfaces. Guests are advised to wear flat, non-slip soles. This tour may operate in reverse order. 

 


TOUR IW - PANORAMIC CORK & KINSALE

 

  • Discover the many sights of Cork
  • Explore the charming and world-acclaimed sailing town of Kinsale
  • Admire one of the most picturesque and fashionable resorts of southwest Ireland

 

Price£25.00-£35.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

Cork is a compact, vibrant Irish city, filled with history, culture and creativity. A panoramic tour today will introduce you to the city, famous for its people, sports and festivals.

Enjoy a pleasant drive in which you will discover the old Courthouse, the City Hall and the renowned Bells of Shandon. You will pause to photograph St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, whose spires dominate the city skyline. Leaving the city, travel to Kinsale - a town nestled between the hills and the shoreline - to discover a maze of narrow streets, never far from the water. Upon arrival in Kinsale, a stop will be made to photograph Charles Fort before you are invited to enjoy time at leisure to explore the town independently or perhaps relax in a nearby pub and enjoy a refreshment (at your own expense). 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The amount of walking undertaken during the period of free time will be at the discretion of the individual. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that you will view Cork from the coach. This tour may operate in reverse order. Please note that at the time of going to print, we cannot guarantee that shops will be open on the day of our visit. 

 


TOUR JW - LEISURELY DRIVE & WEST CORK CITY

  • Enjoy a region blessed with some of Ireland’s most spectacular and untouched scenery
  • Beautiful Clonakilty has been designated West Cork’s Heritage Town, and a visit to the town soon shows why

 

Price£35.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Discover the west of Cork, where the shoreline twists and darts in and out of creeks, bays and coves, whilst inland features tranquil pastureland of soft green hills, where milking cows graze.

Clonakilty is located at the top of a winding inlet and is a lively market town. You will feel at home here among the attractive traditional shop fronts and hand-painted signs, in both English and Irish. The Post Office is housed in an old Presbyterian church and the Town Council and Library in a converted corn mill with the river flowing beneath. Narrow streets and lanes open into elegant squares. It is a town of tall spires, towers and historic buildings - the brewery buildings, mills and quayside warehouse, all tell of the town's busy trading and industrial past.

Delight in a cup of tea or coffee and a scone at a local hotel, before enjoying time at leisure to wander through the narrow streets, or embark on an optional walk through the town with your guide, before re-boarding your tour coach for the return journey to your awaiting ship

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that walking undertaken during the period of free time will be at the discretion of the individual.  All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that at the time of going to print, we cannot guarantee that shops will be open on the day of our visit.

 


Cobh Christmas Markets

TOUR L - CORK & THE CHRISTMAS MARKET

  • Discover the delightful city of Cork
  • Visit the Christmas Market for some festive goodies
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Cork is a compact, vibrant Irish city, filled with history, culture and creativity. Famous for its people, sports and festivals – this panoramic tour today will introduce you to the city and give you some free time to explore the wonderful Christmas Market.

Cork City has become the shopping and commercial capital of the south. It is a university city with a unique character, a city of jazz, film, opera and theatre. However, as well as offering the many amenities of a large city, it still manages to retain the pleasant charm and friendliness of a country town. You will see the spires of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, the Old Courthouse, City Hall and the renowned Bells of Shandon before returning to your ship in Cobh

After your panoramic tour you will be given some free time to explore Corks Christmas Market. Indulge in some festive foods and local crafts (at your own expense) and stroll through the market as you enjoy the twinkle of the lights that shine brightly to give you that warm Christmas feeling inside.

Feeling all Christmassy and laden with gifts, you will then re-join your coach and guide for your return journey to Cobh and your awaiting ship.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The amount of walking undertaken during the period of free time will be at the discretion of the individual. All participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that you will view Cork from the coach and this tour may operate in reverse order. 

 


Cork, Ireland

WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE TITANIC

  • Learn more about Titanic’s tragic fate, something Cobh has never forgotten, along with the loss of 123 locals
  • Share the excitement of what it must have been like to board the luxurious liner
  • A visit to the Titanic Experience will share the horror of the tragedy that immortalised this most famous of cruise liners
Activity Tour
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included

Embark on a walking tour around Cobh, with your local guide who will entertain you with lots of Irish charm, and the captivating tale of the Titanic.

Leaving the quayside on foot, you will visit the very pier from where many excited passengers, including Irish emigrants, boarded the tenders for RMS Titanic, and the New World. Cobh has always maintained a strong maritime tradition and the old buildings of the port have been carefully preserved, including the offices of the White Star and Cunard Lines. You will have time to walk and view this historic area, before strolling through the town itself, listening to historical anecdotes from your guide.

Then it is on to beautiful St Colman's Cathedral; the ornately detailed neo-Gothic building, whose spires you can see from the bay. After a brief photo stop, you will continue on to a traditional Irish pub. Here, you will have the chance to enjoy an Irish coffee, and rest your legs. Next, you will walk back to Cobh where an inside visit will be made to the newly opened Titanic Experience. Step back in time to April 1912 and check in at the original White Star Line ticket office. Investigate how it all went wrong and the sequence of events that occurred to cause Titanic to sink. You can also explore the final resting place of Titanic as she lies on the ocean bed, 100 years on. Following your guided tour of the Titanic Experience you will have time to explore further on your own and return to the ship independently.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is entirely on foot and you will encounter some steep terrain, with steps throughout to negotiate. It is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. The order of the sights seen on this tour may vary to that described. Please note that the Titanic Experience can be visited independently, however this tour is for those wanting to learn more about the Titanic from a local, knowledgeable guide.

 

 


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