St. Colman's Cathedral (Cobh Cathedral) Tours and Activities
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With its 328-foot (100-meter) spire and imposing facade, this large neo-Gothic cathedral—also known as the Cobh Cathedral—dominates the skyline of the harbor town of Cobh. The cathedral is famous for its 49-bell carillon, the only such instrument in Ireland and one of the largest of its kind in Europe.
Many visitors to St. Colman's Cathedral are cruise ship passengers, who have disembarked at Cobh Cruise Liner Terminal. Many travelers combine a visit to the cathedral with other Cobh attractions, such as the Cobh Museum and the fort-topped Spike Island. Some shore excursions departing from Cobh, and full-day tours from Dublin and Killarney, also visit the cathedral. Visitors can explore St. Colman's Cathedral independently, or join guided tours, which take place on Sunday afternoons.
Things to Know Before You Go
- St. Colman's Cathedral is a must for amateur photographers, offering an excellent vantage point over Cork Harbour.
- St. Colman's Cathedral is still a functioning house of worship, so be respectfully quiet during your visit..
- The cathedral is wheelchair-accessible via a ramped entrance.
How to Get There
St. Colman's Cathedral is about a 10-minute walk from the cruise liner terminal and Cobh train station, which connects Cobh to Cork city. The walk is uphill so wear comfortable shoes.
When to Get There
Services take place on weekday mornings, Saturday evenings, and on Sundays in the morning and evenings. Avoid visiting during service times as you will not be able to wander freely around the cathedral interior. At 4:30pm on Sundays between May and September, carillon recitals are performed at the cathedral. The recitals are free and open to the public.
What Else to See in Cobh
Though Cobh Cathedral is the town’s biggest landmark, Cobh has a much bigger claim to fame: this unassuming little town was the last port of call for the RMS Titanic before it set off on its tragic journey across the Atlantic. Several attractions, including the Titanic Experience Cobh and Cobh Heritage Centre document Cobh’s Titanic connections. The Heritage Centre also explores the port’s role as a major departure point for Irish emigrants.
Address: 5 Cathedral Pl, Cobh, Cork, Ireland
4 Tours and Activities to Experience St. Colman's Cathedral (Cobh Cathedral)
Make the most of your time in port on a shore excursion from Cobh and discover county highlights, including Blarney Castle, Kinsale, and Cobh Cathedral. Enjoy round-trip transportation for seamless transfer between dispersed locations, and gain insight into the region from your guide’s on-board commentary. Benefit from tailored departure times according to the duration your docking.
I've been living in this colourful town my whole life & have been a professional photographer for almost 3 years now. This experience will offer you an insight through the lens to our little town, from the most 'Instagramable' spots, to some 'hidden gems'. It is worth noting that Cobh is not known for it's flat terrain! There are many hills here, & unfortunately I don't offer a piggy back service just yet. But I can assure you that we will keep it at an easy pace. :)
Enjoy extraordinary panoramic views on board our unique open top mini bus which has a retractable glass roof for when the weather is not favorable. Go where the big buses can't go and experience the best Cobh has to offer. Discover the extraordinary island town of Cobh brought to life by your experienced local driver guide. Our Tour Includes: - Amazing Commentary and Stunning Scenery - Luxury Air Conditioned Mini Coach (Small Groups) - A Visit To The Magnificent Cobh Cathedral - A Visit to Cobh Fort/Titanic Memorial Gardens - A Visit to Lusitania Mass Graves and The Old Church Cemetery Our bus tour departs right from your ship in Cobh and returns back here again at the end of the tour. We are based in Cobh right by the port and have over 50 years experience. Our driver/guides are all locals and have lots of interesting facts, fascinating history, fun stories, songs and jokes.
Maximize your time in the beautiful city of Cork on an enriching full-day shore excursion to Blarney Castle and other historical highlights. Greet your courteous guide at Cork Harbour and travel through the splendid Irish countryside to the ancient structure of Blarney Castle. Gain free admission to the 13th-century landmark and kiss the world-renowned Blarney Stone for good luck. Return to Cork for a panoramic coach tour of the city’s sights; visit the charming town of Kinsale; and make a brief stop in Cobh, famed for being the departure point of the ill-fated Titanic, before returning to Cork Harbour.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Frequently Asked Questions
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What's the best way to experience St. Colman's Cathedral (Cobh Cathedral)?
The best ways to experience St. Colman's Cathedral (Cobh Cathedral) are:
- Cobh (Cork) to Blarney Castle & Kinsale - Shore Excursion
- Photography Experience Cobh
- Great Island Shore Excursion Cork (Cobh) - Small Group - Max. 18
- Shore Excursion From Cork: Including Blarney Castle and Kinsale
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