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One Day Exploration for Free in Cobh, Ireland

Updated on May 23, 2018
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Cobh Harbour in Cobh, Cork, Ireland
Cobh Harbour in Cobh, Cork, Ireland | Source

Cobh is a tourist seaport town situated on the South of Cork, Ireland. The town was first called as “Cove” then eventually renamed as the “Queenstown”. In the year 1920, it was then again renamed to “Cobh”. The place was known for its cruise port terminal. Moreover, the town is full of history which attracts tourist to visit the place.

Enumerated below are 6 Must Visit places in Cobh, Ireland.

1. Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve

Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve is a bird sanctuary in Ireland where all species of birds can be found. It is located on the Tay Road, Ballyleary, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland. This sanctuary is managed by Birdwatch Ireland (BWI). The land is privately owned by the Bird and Ronan Families.

The French families living in Cuskinny House and Marino Point used to spend their weekend over a cup of tea. The name of the road “Tay” is derived from the local pronunciation of the word “Tea”.

2. Rossleague

Rossleague is the highest location on the Island of Cobh, Ireland. The place gives a dramatic panoramic view over the Estuary.

3. Belvelly Castle

Belvelly Castle is a 15th century stone structure situated in near the small village of Belvelly, Cork. It was built by the Anglo Norman family, named Hodnett. The entire family first settled in the West side of Cork in 1171.

In 16th of May 1329, the family of Hodnett had a conflict with the family of DeBarry. The conflict was raised because the castle was actually built on the lands of DeBarry family. As a result an attacked against Hodnett family was planned by the DeBarry family. The combined forces of two families, the DeBarry and Roche, resulted to a successful attack. They were able to kill Lord Philip Hodnett and his followers and the castle fell into their hands

4. Martello Tower

The Martello Tower is 12 meters tall, 14 meters diameter and 2.5 meters thick (wall). The tower built for the purpose of impassable to canon fire. It has a flat roof which serve to hold a large artillery gun. It also housed an officer and 20 of his men. It was built by the British Empire during 19th century, but eventually turned out to be obsolete.

RMS Lusitania - a passenger ship hitted by German Torpedo
RMS Lusitania - a passenger ship hitted by German Torpedo | Source

5. Clonmel Old Church Cemetery

Clonmel Old Church Cemetery is the ancient, historic cemetery in Cobh, Cork, Ireland. The cemetery contained mass grave of the victims of RMS Lusitania. RMS Lusitania was a passenger ship sunk by a German torpedo near Old Head of Kinsale during WWI in 1915. It is also the burial place of the famous Irish actor, boxer and singer named Jack Doyle. He is known as “The Gorgeous Gael”.

6. St. Colmans Cathedral

St. Colmans Cathedral or Cobh Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Cathedral built in Cobh, Ireland. The foundation of the stone was laid by Bishop Kean in 1868. The construction of the cathedral was completed within 47 years. This French Gothic style structure is situated in the Cobh’s terraced slope near the harbor, which is 45.72 meters above the sea level. The cathedral was built by two leading architects named Edward Welby Pugin and George Ashlin.

St. Colmans Cathedral in Cobh, Ireland
St. Colmans Cathedral in Cobh, Ireland | Source

Cobh Sightseeing Fees

Entrance Fee
Cuskinny Marsh
Belvelly Castle
Martello Tower
Old Church (Clonmel) Cemetary
St. Colemans Cathedral

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