Situated on the Great Island and one of three large islands in Cork Harbour, you will find Cobh. The two other islands are Fota, with its Wildlife Park, and Little Island. Here, colourful houses lie shoulder to shoulder, and at the top of the town’s steep streets is East Cork’s most impressive Cathedral, the St Coleman Cathedral.
Not many other places in Ireland are so full of poignant memories as this beautiful seaport town. Previously known as Queenstown, this used to be an embarkation quay for America, where many penniless and hungry Irish went to build a new life.
Titanic’s Final Port of Call
Cobh is one of the largest and safest harbours anywhere in the world, and it is able to take some of the largest floating vessels. Every year as many as 50 liners call to the town during the summer months, and the harbour even has a dedicated area for cruise liners. The most famous ship to ever have visited the town however, is the Titanic. On 11th April in 1912, she set out from the final port of call, Cobh, for the fatal maiden voyage across the Atlantic.
The Titanic Experience
In 2012, a new permanent visitor attraction opened in Cobh - the Titanic Experience. It is situated in The White Star’s original offices, which was the final departure point for the 123 passengers that boarded here. With the use of audio, videos, holographic technology and touch screens, you are invited along to retrace their footsteps. Experience the anticipation and excitement before and during the voyage, and the horror when it all went wrong. You can also look into the course of action that led to Titanic sinking and learn more about the passengers’ fate. The number of casualties is still unclear, but it has been said that the death toll was between 1,490 and 1,635 people. Learn more about the Titanic Experience.
Besides the heart-breaking story about Titanic, another Atlantic liner has also set its mark on the seaside town. The R. M. S. Lusitania went down just off the coast in May 1915, after being struck by a German torpedo. Almost 1,200 people lost their lives, and both victims and survivors were brought ashore to Cobh.
If you are seeking to experience history, this is definitely the place to visit. Remaining virtually unchanged, even the streetscape speaks history in Cobh. Getting there from the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork is easy. At peak times, the trains run every half an hour, and hourly during non-peak times. There is a lot to see along the way during the 25-minute journey. The hotel’s staff are more than happy to help you with information on how to get to the town, so book your stay today.