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The Titanic Experience in Cobh, Ireland

Updated on October 15, 2018
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The Old Building of White Star Line current used as the Titanic Experience Cobh
The Old Building of White Star Line current used as the Titanic Experience Cobh | Source

Titanic Experience Cobh is a museum situated in the original office of White Star Line Ticket in Cobh Cork, Ireland. This building became the departure point of the remaining 123 passengers who joined the Maiden Voyage of RMS Titanic.

Did you know that Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown, was the Titanic’s last port of call?

The RMS Titanic

RMS Titanic was called the “Ship of Dreams” during her time. It was built in the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland. This ship was ordered by the White Star Line to compete for the ships, Mauretania and Lusitania, of its rival company Cunard Line. There were technical advancement features of the RMS Titanic compared to others, which made the public considered it as an unsinkable ship.

During the launch of the RMS Titanic on the 31st of May 1911, an accident happened when one of the beams crushed a worker’s leg. Unfortunately, the worker eventually died after all the treatment given to him. 17 men died during the entire construction of the RMS Titanic and the RMS Olympic.

Captain Edward John Smith became the commandant of the RMS Titanic at the age of 62. In order to honor his long-term service for White Star Line, the company honors him by delegating the highest position onboard. The Captain position of the most prestigious ship in the world during that time.

Old Cobh Pier - Where the Passengers Waited for their Tenders to Arrive
Old Cobh Pier - Where the Passengers Waited for their Tenders to Arrive | Source

RMS Titanic was set to sail from Southampton to New York on the 10th of April 1912. During its travel, a near collision incident happened between the ship and another liner, which required the authorities to make a further inspection before sailing again. This incident caused the delay of the voyage for almost an hour.

After four days of a voyage on the sea, at exactly 11:40 in the evening, the starboard side of the ship hit an iceberg. The holes created by the collision allowed water to penetrate one compartment to another. The whole ship was broken in two and eventually sank at 2:20 in the morning. Signals were sent all over including to those liners within the nearby areas. Luckily, the RMS Carpathia was around. The liner was able to save at least 750 people out of 2228 passengers. After this tragedy, major changes in maritime regulations were implemented including the safety measures.

The wreckage of the ship was found in the North Atlantic Ocean on September 1, 1985. The expedition for the wreck was led by Dr. Robert Ballard. However, the founder of the Titanic believed that everything should be left in peace.

A Replica Room for First Class Passengers
A Replica Room for First Class Passengers | Source

What to Expect during the Titanic Experience

  • Upon paying the admission fee, a boarding pass will be given to you. The boarding pass is a replica card given to each one of the 123 passengers who boarded RMS Titanic in Cobh. All tickets are dated on 11th of April 1912.
  • As a dummy passenger, you will be part of a boarding group. Then a personal tour guide for the group will take everybody on a virtual journey of the passengers during their tender ride when boarding RMS Titanic.
  • This tender boat ride includes the view of the original Cruise Terminal of Cobh outside of the building premises. It is known as “Heartbreak Pier".
  • There will be exhibitions of the facilities, such cabins, provided to different classes of passengers.
  • A Cinematography will also be shown to the group that allows everybody to learn and to experiences all the happenings onboard before the tragedy.
  • Donated items and some discovered items of passengers were exhibited in a room as well.
  • The final leg of the tour will allow you to check if the name of the passenger written in your replica card survived or died during the tragedy.

Names of those who Survived or Died in the Tragedy
Names of those who Survived or Died in the Tragedy | Source

Admission Fees

Child (4 years old to 16 years old)
6.50 Euro
10:00 am to 5:30 pm from October to March (during Winter)
Student (16 years old + with valid student ID)
8.00 Euro
9:00 am to 6:00 pm from April to September (during Summer)
Adult (18 years old and over)
9.50 Euro
*Last tour will be 45 minutes before closing hours.
Senior (65 years old +)
8.00 Euro

Special Package - Family Ticket

1 Adult and 2 Children for 20.00 Euro

1 Adult and 3 Children for 22.00 Euro

2 Adults and 2 Children for 25.00 Euro

2 Adults and 3 Children for 28.00 Euro

2 Adults and 4 Children for 31.00 Euro

Replica of RMS Titanic
Replica of RMS Titanic | Source

Did you know that 123 passengers boarded Titanic from Cobh?

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