Any information on Cobh will be appreciated, arriving by ship, for one day only, is it worth it to stay there or get a tour? Thanks
Right beside where the ship docks is the Queenstown Heritage centre, there is an entrance fee to this and a tour of this indoor facility will take less than an hour.
Then you can walk up the hill (20 minutes) to St. Colmans Cathedral and take photos of your ship from this fantastic vantage point.
That's Cobh done really. There is a walking tour of this historic tour which you might be interested in - have a look at this www.titanic-trial.com
Alternatively you can take the train from Cobh (Station is 1 minute walk from where the cruise ships dock)to Cork City (20 minutes, 6 euro return approx). The train goes to Kent Station which is a 10 minute easy walk to the centre of Cork City. Cork City is worth strolling around on a sunny day, it is a great shopping city and has a nice atmosphere. If the weather is inclement, give it a miss, lock the cabin door and open the box of chocs and pop the champagne while you view the cathedral from your porthole.
No, to go to Blarney or Kinsale by public transport you must get to Cork City by train (already discussed). The 9am Cobh train will get you to Cork station at 9:24 and the 9:30 train will get you there at 9:54. Plenty of time to take a trip to Kinsale or Cobh.
Here is the Cork City to Blarney organised tour option Cork City
Tour and Blarney
Phone 4508188 (Bus station) or from the Tourist Office
Bus Station at Parnell Place (5 mins walk from train station)
Open: 28th April to 30th September. 2 Trips daily. 10:30am and 2:45pm
Entry: Adult €10, Child 16 or under €6, Senior Cit./Student €8, Family €24
Worth Visiting? Yes, and although it is not a hop-on, hop-off you will be allowed get off at Blarney.
Trip can last: 3 hours.
Crazyfornaples, if you got the 10:30am tour from Cork City you would be back in Cork city at 1:30pm giving you plenty of time to get back to Cobh.
Full details on this tour are at this link:
There are no bus guided tours to Kinsale, but you can get a regular bus to kinsale from the same bus station at Parnell Place. It's a 45 minute trip each way. Here is a link to the Cork to Kinsale timetable
In your case, with your limited time I think the guided tour to Blarney would be best.
We were in Cork for the first time last Sunday (5/20) and took the Eireann bus to Kinsdale. Five buses run the route on Sunday. There were so many people waiting for the 1230 bus in Cork that they filled a second bus. The same number of people were waiting for the 1645 return in Kinsale, but there was only one bus; the driver rolled his eyes and shook his head as he pulled up, as though he was surprised at the crowd. There was no queue and much pushing to get on the one bus. Many people were left behind and the next bus was not scheduled to come until 1850. I wouldn't want to be in that situation if I was trying to make it back to a ship in Cobh! There are many more runs Mon-Sat. so it might be less of a concern then.
Speaking of Cobh, if you go to the museum at the Heritage Center, before you enter look for a color brochure describing the sites in the town. It includes a 2-for-1 admission coupon for the museum. The Heritage Center also has a great cafe with reasonably priced
salads and freshly-made sandwiches.
Cork is lovely, by the way. Beautiful architecture, friendly people, drivers who stop for pedestrians, and great shopping in the department stores used by locals, including a Marks and Spencer.
##"the driver rolled his eyes and shook his head as he pulled up, as though he was surprised at the crowd. There was no queue and much pushing to get on the one bus"##
I am sorry you had to experience the above. Unfortunately this tends to happen quite frequently in Ireland once tourist season begins.
Bus Éireann should have enough cop on to make sure that it doesn't but it is quite obvious that they don't. Sometimes it is every man/woman for themselves.
Left out will be in port from 7am to 5pm, thanks again.
Dear Bryno, Took your advice and went on the bus website you sent from Cork to Blarney, sounds great and just what I wanted. How long is the bus ride from Blarney back to Cork? Thanks ever so much.
20 - 25 minutes depending on the number of stops. It's only about 7 miles.
Thanks Bryno for your reply and all your info. I printed the train and bus schedule that you sent, so we are all set, thanks to you!!!