Outside of the City
Take a ferry ride from Kennedy Pier, Cobh to Spike Island. For the last 1300 years it has been used for many things, from a monastery, Fortress, naval garrison and prison. Today on the island sits 200 year old Fort Mitchel, the star shaped Fortress which became a prison holding over 2300 prisoners. Enjoy a tour of the island and fortress and learn about the history of the island.
The Titanic Experience
The Titanic Experience is located in Cobh and where the original White Star Line Ticket Office is, the departure point for many of White Star Line passengers. After checking into the reception, you can experience the life of the 123 passengers who boarded the Titanic from Cobh. Experience a virtual journey to board the Titanic for the voyage to New York with a personal tour guide. Experience the disaster of the Titanic by viewing ‘Heartbreak Pier’ the original pier the last point of land contact for the Queenstown passengers and later experience the sinking of the Titanic with their own cinematographic experience.
Cobh Heritage Centre
Learn about the Queenstown Story at Cobh Heritage Centre located in the towns restored 19th century railway station. Outside the Cobh Heritage Centre stands a statue of Annie Moore and her brothers. Annie Moore was the first immigrant to the US to be processed at the Ellis Island immigration station in New York. The Queenstown Story tells the story of Irish emigration and the transport of convicts to Australia. Enjoy a self-guided tour and relax in their restaurant/café afterwards.
Kinsale in County Cork is one of the most picturesque, popular and fashionable resorts of the south-west coast of Ireland. It is famous for its maritime activities such as; cruising, deep sea angling and blue shark fishing yacht charter river trips and scuba diving which are all available to visitors. Kinsale can easily claim its place amongst Ireland's most historic locations for this has been a centre of population, commerce, trade and fishing far beyond memory and record. The Town nestles between the hills and the shoreline, a maze of narrow streets, never far from the water and little changed in many hundreds of years. Amongst buildings of later periods are those of another age with historical links to the French, Spanish, British and Americans. If visiting Kinsale you should visit the old Courthouse, now a museum; St Multose Church, built in the 13th century and still in use, and 'French Prison', the 16th century Desmond Castle. There is a signposted tourist trail to this fascinating town with a guide booklet. Take a trip too to the Old Head of Kinsale for magnificent cliff scenery. It was off here that the Lusitanian was sunk in 1915 with a loss of over 1,500 lives.