The charming seaside town of Cobh, situated in Cork harbour, has served as a route in and out of Ireland for centuries. Formerly known as Queenstown before locals reverted back to the old Irish name in 1922, Cobh was the embarkation point for 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 1912.
Today, the town sat in world's second largest natural harbour, is known more for its brightly coloured houses and imposing, Gothic revival-style St. Colman's Cathedral, which overlooks the harbour from a dramatically steep hill.[ReadMoreMob] At the centre, a number of attractions point to Cobh's fascinating past. The Cobh Heritage Centre examines the gruelling potato famine period, the town’s museum explores Cobh's maritime heritage and the impact of RMS Lusitania's sinking nearby, and the Titanic Experience, where a virtual version of ship's infamous voyage can be experienced.
St Fin Barre’s Cathedral
Cobh is one of the gateways to the beautiful city of Cork. One of Cork’s most iconic landmarks is St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, whose spires dominate the city skyline. The cathedral is located close to where St Fin Barre, the patron saint of the city, is believed to have founded a monastic school.
The world-famous Blarney Stone is a block of stone set in the wall of Blarney Castle. The stone is shrouded in legend – some say it was the rock that Moses struck to produce water for the Israelites, while others claim it was Jacob’s Pillow, brought to Ireland by the prophet Jeremiah. Thousands of people come from all over the world to kiss the stone, as doing so is said to give the gift of eloquence.
Having outgrown its original Dublin city home, the new Jameson Distillery is located in Midleton, County Cork, and is one of the area’s top attractions. The original buildings here date back to the 1800s, and were used to mature Cork Distillery Whiskey – which is now known as Paddy Whiskey. Visitors to the Jameson Experience can learn more about the whiskey making process, and discover the techniques and machinery involved, before sampling a taste themselves.
Cruises to Cobh
Departs: Southampton • Fri 12 Mar 2021
6 nights • Bolette • T2104
- Embark on a short cruise along the beautiful British and Irish coasts, for a discovery of rewarding destinations and delights that are closer to home.
- Spend a day in the iconic English city of Liverpool; see world-renowned landmarks, such as the Liver Building, visit fantastic museums, and explore links to local legends, The Beatles.
- Across the Irish Sea, there’s time in both Northern and Southern Ireland; delve into connections to ill-fated Titanic in Belfast and Cobh, see fantastic architecture, and perhaps tour to Giant’s Causeway.
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Departs: Liverpool • Sat 22 May 2021
7 nights • Borealis • S2110
- Offering chances to sample famous tipples, explore fascinating history and uncover authentic and iconic highlights aplenty, this seven-night circumnavigation of Ireland serves up a full-flavoured taste of the Emerald Isle.
- Enjoy a visit to Northern Ireland's capital: learn of Belfast’s links to Titanic, or tour to the spectacular Giant’s Causeway; and in Dun Laoghaire, discover the delights of this beautiful, wonderfully enchanting town.
- South of the Irish border you’ll also stop at Cobh, Galway and Killybegs for rich history, the stunning scenes of Wild Atlantic Bay and some of Ireland’s best beaches; and take in the scenic south-west coast aboard Borealis.
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Departs: Dover • Sun 11 Jul 2021
13 nights • Bolette • T2118
- Discover and explore some of the British Isles most beautiful and remote islands, with smaller-sized Bolette as your guide.
- You’ll get to wonder at the best of British scenery, from the landscapes of the Sound of Mull and intriguing Fingal’s Cave to gorgeous coastline of the Isle of Man.
- Immerse yourself in rich history of the Orkney’s, Isle of Bute and Isle of Lewis; explore Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital; and visit Guernsey and Isles of Scilly.
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Departs: Southampton • Tue 03 Aug 2021
9 nights • Braemar • M2119
- Circumnavigating the ‘Emerald Isle’, taking in scenic and city highlights along the way, makes for an immersion into Ireland’s incredible beauty and rich culture.
- Scenic cruising on small ship Braemar will be unforgettable; you’ll navigate the spectacular Killary Fjord and Lough Swilly, see the mighty Cliffs of Moher and much more.
- Ashore, Cobh and Belfast display seafaring heritage and links to Titanic; Galway offers seafood and medieval history; and there are iconic highlights aplenty to uncover in Dublin.
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