Things to Do in Cobh

Cobh 100 Things to do in and Round 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 attraction 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


tiger forest


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 in Cobh very own Road Train


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


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


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


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


19. Browse through the gift shops


20. Buy a novel or newspaper in a 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


frank hederman


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 organised 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


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 centre


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 carilloner 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




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 harbour and tie up at one of the sea side 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 licence while relaxing in your B&B or hotel room


60. Enjoy the breath taking view by night of the harbour


harbour by 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 harbour


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 museum


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 sometime 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 deep water quay- join the locals waving goodbye as the band plays ‘’anchors aweigh’’


82. Enjoy the foliage and plants that grow freely – eucalyptus, mimosa, pittisporum, 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 harbour tour


89. Take a spike island tour


spike island aerial


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.