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“Who doesn't love the Titantic history?”

Cobh Heritage Centre
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Skip-the-Line: The Queenstown Story Tour at Cobh Heritage Centre
Ranked #2 of 28 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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LIncoln, NE
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“Who doesn't love the Titantic history?”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

If this is you, don't miss the exhibits in this little historical town. We went here just from the advice of our previous B&B in Kilkenny. It wasn't on our "well planned itinerary", so my first advice, if you're not on a guided tour and can break off from your itinerary, do so and stop here. We only stayed one night, which was plenty to see the Titanic history sights.

Visited October 2012
Thank Sue J
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Lochcarron, United Kingdom
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“Great display for a small town”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

The Heritage Centre is in part of the former station at Cobh, close by the harbour. The large size of the old station gives some concept of how busy this place must have been in the past.

This was my first visit to Cobh, my grandfather was a crewman lost on the Lusitania, so this was my time to see the area close to where the ship was lost. Having been brought up to his being lost at sea, he could be one of those who were not identified and lie in the mass burial sites at the Old Burial Ground a couple of miles out of town.

The exhibition displays start with the emigrant ships that left there, as well as the ones passing through from England. The harbourside sights and sounds as it would have been then, as well as depictions of the dreadful conditions on those ships.

From there the next main section relates to the Titanic, whose maiden voyage in 1912 meant it called a Cobh, it's last port of call before sinking. As I said this wasn't the main reason for my my visit, but will be for many folks.

A far more local incident was in 1915, the sinking of the Lusitania by a torpedo off Cobh, with those rescued being brought there and to nearby places. Most of the recovered bodies also came ashore there too, some of their graves in the Old Burial Ground 2 miles out of town, with three mass graves there too.

It's an excellent exhibition about the Lusitania, although all the newspaper cuttings seemed to be from Ireland or the USA. As I was brought up in Merseyside, across the River Mersey for Liverpool, from where the ship sailed, most of the reports I had seen previously were from the Liverpool newspapers. So many on the ship were from Liverpool that this seemed a bit of an omission as the view from there was missing.

Only five minutes walk along the main street across from the sea is the large Lusitania Memorial, a bit further on at a street corner is a small and rather insignificant memorial to the Titanic.

For a small town it's an excellent exhibition covering other facets above the main ones that I have mentioned. It's certainly worth a visit, there's an adjacent cafe within the station area too.

Visited July 2012
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Do not miss out on this. The whole experience is very professionally done and captures the story of both emmigration and transportation. Loved it. It was very moving and thougth provoking.

Visited November 2012
Thank Noeleen S
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Rockhampton, Australia
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“A good collection of a lot of history”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

The Heritage Centre contains great displays of information of the colonial\convict voyages and later Ocean Liners that used to depart in Cobh. It is a must see for anyone who has family descended from UK or Ireland, or anyone who is particular interested in the Titanic.

There is a small food store here that sells pastries and drinks. The pumpkin scones were particularly delicious, and one of my friends swore by a piece of cake.

Just outside the Heritage Centre there is a set of stairs up a concrete wall; it is worth going up these as the increased height gives you a pretty good view of the harbour.

Visited July 2012
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“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
Thank Lori P
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