Navigating beautiful Cork Harbour with Roches Point to the right and the sailing mecca of Crosshaven to the left is spectacular.
Most cruise ships dock close to town next to Cobh Heritage Center. At times, when more than one large cruise ship is in town, you might be docked at Ringaskiddy, about 2 km away. A ferry service will bring you to Cobh.
Be sure to hang out either side of the deck while sailing away from Cobh, but mostly the port side. There, you will sail by some great coastline and a lighthouse.
Smaller cruise ships (with an overall length not exceeding 499 feet/152 meters) can berth in the heart of the city of Cork.
Cobh serves as the gateway to Cork, which is about 20 km away. There is a train service (click on Mallow -Cobh/Midleton) from the port of Cobh to the center of Cork. The train station is right at the port. Its about 10 euros return and takes about 24 minutes, trains twice an hour, when a cruise ship is docked. Limited service on Sundays.
Printable map to take along on your cruise.
Cruise calendar for this port and which berth will be used.
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It is a pleasant town; its streets climb the steep
slope of a hill, the top of which is crowned by the very fine St. Coleman's
Cathedral which has a carillon of 47 bells.
Cobh (The old name is Queenstown) is situated on Great Island, one of the three large islands in Cork harbor which is all now joined by roads and bridges - Little Island and Fota are the others.
The harbor is one of the largest and safest anywhere,
being capable of taking the largest vessels afloat. The great Transatlantic
liners used to come in up to the 1950s.
On the quayside, there is a memorial to the victims of the Lusitania, many of whom are buried in the old church cemetery. The ship was sunk off Kinsale in 1915 by a German submarine, an action which was responsible for bringing the United States of America into the Great War, the survivors were brought back here. Another unhappy association is with the Titanic, 'the safest liner in the world'. Queenstown was her last Cruise Port on her fateful maiden voyage.
E-Coach offers a Blarney & Kinsale Bus Tour Including Cork City & Cobh. Sells out quickly.
Cobh Sightseeing Tours discover the fascinating history of Great Island, Cobh, and some of its most famous residents. Usually conduct tours when cruise ships are in town.
There are trains from Cobh to Cork, generally running every hour with a journey time of 24 minutes.
Cork City Tours is a popular Cork City sightseeing tour taking in some of the best attractions in Cork with visits to the English Market Cork, Cork City Goal, the Shandon Bells, UCC and other top Cork City attractions. A 2 Euro discount if you show your train ticket.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
A Cork stopover permits a wide choice of quality shore excursions. Experienced, courteous, multi-lingual guides escort passengers on luxurious, air-conditioned coaches to sites of historical, cultural and scenic interest.
A relatively recent heritage attraction is Cork City Gaol which provides an impressive image and sound representation of gaol life in southern Ireland from the 1820's to the 1920's.
A short coach drive from Cork city is Blarney village, probably the best known and most visited tourist attraction in Ireland. Blarney Castle was built around 1446 and tradition tells us that to kiss the famous stone is a guarantee of the gift of eloquence. At the impressive Blarney Woolen Mills, the visitor can witness examples of old Irish crafts on exhibition, including hand weaving and hand knitting, and select from the largest retail collection of Waterford Crystal in the world. Bus 224 from Cork train station will take you there (9 miles)
Located 17 miles / 27 kilometers from the city, Kinsale is one of the most picturesque fishing and tourist resorts in Ireland. A noted center for yachting, sea angling and gourmet eating, the town was awarded the European prize for tourism and the environment in 1995. One of Kinsale's oldest attractions are Charles Fort, a huge star-shaped fort built in 1677 while a major new attraction is the spectacular Old Head of Kinsale championship golf course.
Jameson center, Midleton
The market town of Midleton is a mere twenty-minute journey from Cork city or Cobh. Here in the carefully restored Old Midleton Distillery is located the Jameson Heritage center. A visit to the center, which contains the largest Pot Still in the world, is a journey through the history of Irish whiskey.
There has been a steady increase in the number of shore excursions which embrace 1,000-year-old Waterford city – home of Waterford Crystal. Coaches convey the cruise passengers from Cork to the plant's well appointed visitor center where one may observe the production of truly artistic pieces. En route passengers may take in the medieval walled town of Youghal and the monastic ruins of the imposing Rock of Cashel.
To the south-west of Cork are magnificent Bantry Bay and neighboring Glengarriff and Garnish Island where the Gulf Stream influence is clearly visible on the sub-tropical vegetation.
There are plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants along the harbor.
The Republic of Ireland is part of the Eurozone, so as in many other European Union countries the currency here is the Euro (symbol: €). Stand Alone Cash machines (ATMs) are widely available in every city and town in the country and credit cards are accepted in 90% of outlets. Fees are not generally charged by Irish ATMs (but beware that your bank may charge a fee).
Free WiFi at the Cobh Heritage Center, next to the terminal.
English is spoken everywhere but Irish (Gaeilge) is the first official language.
Offices: 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Shops: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, until 8pm on Thursday; Saturday: 9am to 6pm; Sunday: Limited Hours Pubs: 10.30am to 11.30pm, Monday to Thursday. Closing is at 12.30am Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, 12.30 to 11.30pm. Pubs are closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.
January 1 - New Year's Day March 17 - St. Patrick's Day Good Friday (Not a statutory holiday) Easter Monday, May 1 - May Day First Monday in June - Bank Holiday First Monday in August - Bank Holiday Last Monday in October - Bank Holiday December 25 - Christmas Day December 26 - St. Stephen's Day
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