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“Walking in history's footsteps”

Cobh Heritage Centre
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Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Trip from Dublin
Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Cobh
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Owner description: The story of Irish emigration- from the indentured servants and forced labour who left for the Colonies and the West Indies in the 17th century, the early emigrants to Canada and the U.S.the Great famine and the transportation of convicts to Australia . Learn about our maritime history,the hardship and the heartbreak. Find the stories and learn the connection between Cobh and the Titanic and the Lusitania. A facinating, educational and emotional journey through our past. "Walk in the footsteps" of our emigrant ancestors in this restored Victorian building.
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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“Walking in history's footsteps”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Like many Americans, I have ancestors from Ireland, but I never fully understood the price they paid for leaving and just how hard the decision must've been. Stories of the ship travel alone made me realize how perilous this experience was --- dangerous, rampant illness, bad weather and more. And, the story of Australia starts here in Cobh! This is a must see museum.

Visited May 2012
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Cork, Ireland
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“More to see around The Heritage Centre”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

After your visit to The Heritage Centre take a walk around the Quay
This is where in the past people left in tenders to join the transatlantic liners , Now modern cruise liners , some of the largest in the world , moor alongside. Then go Past the Statue of Annie Moore,

Then Climb the steep steps and go left and admire the view of the whole of Cork Harbour

Visited September 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Definitely a must see in Cobh”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

This attraction has been created in a wing of the railway station and made to look in parts as it did around the early 1900s. Cobh is famous as the last port of call of the Titanic prior to its sinking and this event is the center for much of the 'Cobh - The Queenstown Story' attraction. As you enter the building, you can see many of the old posters advertising a trip on the Titantic as well as other old signs and decorations that attempt to center the building as if you stepped back into time.

As you enter the Cobh Heritage Center, there is a nice cafe with a really decent selection of coffees, cappuccinos and different hot and cold foods including sandwiches made to order and hot soup. It was rather cold and rainy that day so we opted for a cappuccino and a mushroom soup which were well worth what we paid. They have plenty of seating for the cafe, including three baby seats which is rather rare. The service was incredibly friendly at the cafe as well.

As you walk back to the entrance to the actual "Queenstown Story" you pass many historical storyboards and memorials to the many maritime disasters in which Cobh had a piece of history. This includes being the location where the survivors of the Lusitania disaster were taken after the German u-boat sank the ship in the nearby waters. The most famous of course would be that of the Titanic.

The actual Queenstown Story attraction entrance is at the back of this building. Tickets for adults were 7.50 Euro each with cheaper rates for students and seniors. We also had our young son with us (18 months) and he was free.

As you enter and visit various parts of the attractions inside, sounds play to simulate what different times and events in the history of the town must have been like. Sometimes this music, which was driven by motion sensors was a little too loud. The story simulates life aboard the slow ships which travelled across the Atlantic carrying those emigrating, prison ships taking the 9 month voyage to Australia and also many references to the famine and the troubling times that brought. The conversion to steam ships and the resulting speed of travel and eventual decline of ships in favor of air travel was all covered from beginning to modern times. There was also a focus on the Titanic with many white star line artifacts from sister ships to give you an idea of the experiences aboard the Titanic. There is also touching letters sent from the Titanic as it docked for its last port of call here in Ireland.

Overall, this was an excellent attraction and well worth taking the time to see while in Cobh. We also went to the Titanic experience, which is just down the road, but really enjoyed the many exhibits in this attraction. The Titanic experience may have been more interactive, but this had more exhibits and items to view.

Visited November 2012
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Farmington, Connecticut
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“Interesting Heritage Center”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

This interactive museum following the role of Cobh in Ireland's seafaring history was fascinating. This town was the last stop on the Titanic's maiden voyage and there is a very thorough and sentimental look at that disaster. But more interesting were the exhibits on the mass emigration from Ireland that lasted more than a century. Such suffering was endured on those first voyages! This is definitely worth a couple of hours.

Visited October 2012
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29 reviews
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“Heritage Center”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

A terrific experience. Got you thinking and talking about the hardships.Would have liked to have more time to visit Cobh.

Visited December 2011
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