100 Things to do in Cobh

Cobh and its surrounding regions are rich with activities and attractions to keep you entertained for days on end. As well as all the activities in the area, the views around Cobh will keep you amazed for an endless amount of time. Here is a list of 100 things to do in Cobh and it is still far from being an exhaustive list. For more details on some of the main local attractions in and around Cobh please see the Local Attractions page.

1. Go golfing in the Cobh Golf club or Fota golf club

2. Visit Fota Wildlife Park

fota island

3. Pay a visit to the local historic graveyard, see the Lusitania graves and the grave of the great Jack Doyle

4. Visit Fota house and restaurant or just chill in Fota gardens

5. Sample a pint of Guinness on the deck of the Quays Bar and Restaurant

6. Browse through Philip Gary’s art gallery

7. Sit in white point and let the kids swim or go crab fishing

8. Visit Cobh Heritage Centre

9. Get your picture taken with Annie Moore and her brothers

10. View the spectacular ocean-going liners that berth in Cobh

11. Walk the ‘’Water’s Edge’’ or ‘’the 5 Foot Way’’

12. Call into the Sirius Arts Centre- view the work of the ‘’Resident Artists’’

13. Relax in the Promenade


14. Take a trip around town on Cobh’s very own Road Train

15. Walk along with the town, viewing the wonderful architecture and colors of the buildings

16. Walk the ‘’Titanic Trail’’ and enjoy a ‘’pint’’ in one of the local pubs

17. View the spectacular harbor from the ‘’Black Railings’’

18. Have a romantic meal in one of the seaside restaurants or treat the children to burgers and chips

19. Browse through the gift shops

20. Buy a novel or newspaper in newsagents and read it in the sun on one of many public benches

21. Make a packed lunch and take a picnic in Marlogue Woods

22. Go to Cuskinny Marsh to view the many species of birds in the sanctuary

23. Visit Hederman’s Smokehouse

henderman s smokehouse

24. Have an Irish coffee in one of the many pubs in the town

25. Visit the Titanic Experience and learn the stories of passengers on board the ill-fated Titanic

26. Go fishing from one of the quaysides or go fishing with an organized group

27. Watch a live rugby match in the Pirates Rugby Club

28. Attend a League of Ireland match in the Cobh Ramblers, Roy Keane’s old club

29. Watch a GAA or Hurling match in the local GAA Club

30. Play pitch and putt in the local club

31. Play pool or snooker in the local pubs

32. Have your fortune told by the white witch

33. Attend a play on Haulbowline

34. Try your luck at bingo in Cobh GAA hall or Community Centre

35. Visit the mass rock at Marlogue

36. See oysters being harvested at the ‘’Back of the Island’’

37. Visit St Colman’s Cathedral and marvel at the wonderful French gothic architecture and beautiful stained glass


38. Go sailing or windsurfing, take a course with the international sailing center

39. Visit the Titanic Gardens and relax with views overlooking where the titanic last dropped anchor

40. Paint the local scenes

41. Write a poem or book… be inspired by our beautiful surroundings

42. Play tennis or enjoy a game of basketball in the local courts

43. Power walk-in Cobh Community College track or enjoy a kick about at John Murphy Memorial Park

44. Feed the ducks or the swans at Cuskinny

45. Listen to our world-renowned carillonneur play our 49 bell carillon – the only one in Ireland

46. Play darts in a pub

47. Trace your ancestor’s steps when leaving Cobh at the local library

local library

48. Dance the night away in our local disco or with the live bands

49. Enjoy a Murphy’s or a Guinness (a must-do when in Ireland)

50. Shop for Irish handcrafts

51. View one the public murals in memory of Jack Doyle and the Titanic

52. Sail in the harbor and tie up at one of the seaside hostelries

53. Have an Italian meal

54. Have a Chinese meal

55. Have an Indian meal

56. Have an Irish meal

57. Visit the ‘’top of the hill’’ and meet the locals

58. Enjoy the Irish ceoil agus craic sessions at the Roaring Donkey

59. Buy a bottle of chilled wine in an off-license while relaxing in your B&B or hotel room

60. Enjoy the breathtaking view by the night of the harbor

cobh at night

61. Read about the history of Spike Island

62. See the home of the Irish Naval Service on Haulbowline

63. Walk down, or up the steepest hill in Ireland, known as the ‘’Deck of Cards’’

64. Enjoy one of the comfortable hotels, guesthouses, B&B’s with great views of the sea

65. Take a romantic evening stroll to watch the sun setting over the harbor

66. Get married in the spectacular St Colman’s Cathedral or just attend someone else’s!

67. Just relax!!!

68. Take the train to Cork on a 500-year-old train line and visit the English Market

69. Visit the Cobh museum and learn about the rich maritime history of the area

cobh museam

70. Watch the mackerel breaking under the many piers.

71. Take a photo for the good memories

72. Get a vintage family photo taken in Cobh Past Times

73. Soak up the old-world atmosphere in the lounge and bar of the Bellavista

74. Enjoy a traditional session or karaoke

75. Visit the cathedral shop

76. Spend some time in the adoration chapel

77. Visit the Benedictine priory and bible garden.

78. Use Cobh as a base for further travel

79. Experience all the forms of transport- train ferry and bus

80. Listen to the local brass and reed or pipe band recitals in the bandstand

81. Soak up the atmosphere when a liner leaves the deepwater quay- join the locals waving goodbye as the band plays ‘’anchors aweigh’’

82. Enjoy the foliage and plants that grow freely – eucalyptus, mimosa, pittosporum, fuchsia.

83. Enquire about the many clubs that cater for your hobby – cards, flower arranging, writing groups, sailing

84. Have a chat!!! We Irish do love to talk!

85. See ‘what’s on’ – buy a local newspaper

86. Ask the proprietor of your B&B to show you how to make an Irish coffee

87. Keep in touch – send postcards, emails or make a call

88. Take a harbor tour

89. Take a spike island tour

spike island

90.Grab some lunch in one of the very nice Café’s

91. Attend the regatta and be fascinated by the array of fireworks

92. Ask about reduced rates for 2 and 3-night stays

93. Visit the local library, read the current newspapers, surf the net

94. Attend the South of Ireland piping and drumming contest in June

95. View the Lusitania peace memorial

96. Find the 39 steps!

97. Admire the Martello towers built during the Napoleonic war

98. Come and enjoy our international Angling festival

99. Listen to band performances in the promenade

100. Enjoy yourself, and make your reservation for the next visit to do all the things you didn’t get to do.