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The Port of Cork is the only port in Ireland with a dedicated cruise berth in Cobh (pronounced Cove) is a small town around the south coast of Ireland famous as the last port visited by the Titanic. Cork Cobh is a pleasant, green town that is full of quaint castles, harbors, and attractive streets. Cobh (last port visited by the Titanic.
 
 
Cobh is close to the city of Cork and also Blarney Castle, the home of the Blarney Stone. The Port can also handle cruise liners in Ringaskiddy Deepwater Quay and the City Quays. One of the most abiding memories of cruising in Northern Europe is entering picturesque Cork harbor. The deepwater of the Port of Cork is the natural entry point to many of Ireland's principal visitor attractions and arriving by cruise liner is a truly sublime experience.
 
Where You are Dock
Cruise ships dock in the small fishing town of Cobh directly across from the main railway station. Ireland's currency is the Euro (EUR). It is common to leave a small tip (5-10%) when eating at restaurants or taking a taxi.
 
Most of the cruise lines work with the local bus company to provide shuttle service to Cork for about $5. There is also a train station right in front of the dock with trains that run to Cork, but the buses are more frequent. There is also a wonderful museum right on the Cobh dock that tells about the Titanic (Cobh was its last port) and the Lusitania.
 
Navigating beautiful Cork Harbor with Roches Point to the right and the sailing Mecca of Crosshaven to the left is spectacular. Most cruise ships dock close to town next to Cobh Heritage center. Be sure to hang out either side of the deck while sailing away from Cobh, but mostly the port side. There, you will sail by some great coastline and a lighthouse.
 
Smaller cruise ships (with an overall length not exceeding 499 feet/152 meters) can berth in the heart of the city of Cork. Cobh serves as the gateway to Cork, which is about 20 km away. There is a train service from the port of Cobh to the center of Cork. The train station is right at the port. It’s about 6 Euros return and takes about 30 minutes, trains twice an hour.
 
Local Transportation
 
To get to to Cork, trains run regularly from the station beside the pier. Trains run every half hour, fare is €8.50 return (May 2014) and the journey takes 25 minutes. When cruise ships are in, extra trains are usually scheduled. Cork Kent Railway station is northeast of the city center across the River Lee. Bus 215 for Blarney leaves from Parnell Place beside the bus terminal in Cork. Get off at Blarney Village (Woollen Mills). The trip takes 20 minutes and departs every half hour. Fare is €7.30 (May 2014) return or €4 one way. Tickets can be pre-purchased online with a slight discount http://www.buseireann.ie/
 
Our Suggestion is that you take the train into Cork and take a walk around there. There are some nice narrow streets and nice pubs there as well as some good places to eat. Then take the train back to Cobh and walk around there. Make sure to climb the hill to visit the Cathedral also. Cobh will be busy with tourists from the ship but you will find places to eat. But don't spend the whole day there because there is a lot to see outside the town
 
Unique Passenger Experience
At Cobh passengers disembark directly onto the quayside alongside the Cobh Heritage Centre. The center provides a graphical illustration of living conditions in Ireland during the last century and it highlights advances from early coffin ships to latter day luxurious transatlantic liners.  The town of Cobh - located within 100 metres of the cruise terminal - is renowned for its maritime past and charming old world atmosphere and it attracts a great deal of attention as the last port of call for the ill-fated transatlantic liner Titanic. 
 
A cruise call at the Port of Cork provides the passenger with the ultimate cruise experience offering a fascinating combination of pursuits from history to archaeology, flora and fauna, prize winning gardens, a visit to Fota Wildlife Park (a unique attraction on the island of Ireland), shopping or simply relaxing with the friendliest people on earth.  For the more energetic passenger Cork offers a choice of championship golf courses or sailing from the oldest yacht club in the world.
 
Fota Island Golf Club - 18 magnificent holes in a mature and scenic setting located a short distance from Cobh - provides a fascinating challenge for both the novice and the expert while on the opposite side of the harbor at Crosshaven the members of famed Cork Yacht Club always provide a ready welcome for the visitor. Once experienced a return visit to Cork is inevitable.
 
Things to See & Do
 
In Cork you could see:
the Blackrock Observatory (an old castle), 10a-5p
the Cork City Gaol, 9:30a-6p (allow 1 hr)
Elizabeth Fort, 10a-4p, good views of the city
St.Anne's Shandon Church, climb the tower for a view, 9:30a-5:30p
St. Finbarr's Cathedral, 9:30a-5p, see its spires as you travel around the city
the English Market, just off the main shopping streets of central Cork City, interesting stalls
Crawford Art Gallery, free, across from the Cork Opera House
 
In Cork, the Ho/Ho bus runs every 45 mins from 9:30a-5p, the total tour would last about 1hr 15 min.
 
In Cobh you could see:
The Queenstown and Titanic Story (Cobh Heritage Centre), 9:30a-6p, has a restaurant, currency exchange, and genealogy center
St. Coleman's Cathedral
the Lusitania Memorial
 
Blarney Castle - The queues are usually pretty long to kiss the Blarney Stone so it's best to get in line right away and explore the grounds after. Tickets can now be pre-purchased online. Entry fee is €12 (May 2014). http://www.blarneycastle.ie
It is a pleasant town; its streets climb the steep slope of a hill, the top of which is crowned by the very fine St. Coleman's Cathedral which has a carillon of 47 bells. Cobh is situated on Great Island, one of the three large islands in Cork harbor which are all now joined by roads and bridges - Little Island and Fota are the others. The harbor is one of the largest and safest anywhere, being capable of taking the largest vessels afloat. The great Transatlantic liners used to come in up to the 1950s.
 
On the quayside there is a memorial to the victims of the Lusitania, many of whom are buried in the old church cemetery. The ship was sunk off Kinsale in 1915 by a German submarine, an action which was responsible for bringing the United States of America into the Great War; the survivors were brought back here. Another unhappy association is with the Titanic, 'the safest liner in the world'. Queenstown was her last Cruise Port on her fateful maiden voyage.
 
A Cork stopover permits a wide choice of quality shore excursions. It exudes a friendly, relaxed ambiance and the cruise passenger will delight in its superb historic buildings, modern department stores, attractive streets and its quaint and fascinating bars, full of charm and character.
 
Specifically Cork City, is one of the most vibrant areas in Ireland, with so much to do and see. Best things to do in Cork, to make your stay all the more memorable. There are many attractions within Cork City itself, but if you are interested in exploring some of the stunning south coast of Cork, a car rental with Atlas Car Hire Ireland is the way forward.
 
Walk Around St Patrick’s
Cork City’s main road, St. Patrick Street, is lined with a variety of stores, and has become one of the main shopping areas in the downtown neighborhood. Scattered along the road are street furniture and pedestrian walkways, for those who just want to relax and pass the time away. A prominent figure on the street is the statue of Father Theobald Matthew, which is situated near St. Patrick’s Bridge.
 
Firtzgerald’s Park
Near the River Lee is Fitzgerald’s Park, an ideal place to stroll around. On the park itself, one will find a café known as the Tea house, and the Georgian house, where the Cork Public Museum lies. The University College York is located at the end of the park by the river. Inside the University is a display of Ogham Stones and the Homan Chapel.
 
Kiss The Blarney Stone
Blarney Castle, which is located near the River Martin, is home of the famous Blarney Stone. This stone is also known as the Stone of Eloquence, as it allegedly bestows eloquence to those who kiss it.
 
Aside from the Blarney Stone, the Blarney Castle also has another hidden gem. The Rocklose Gardens surround the castle, and are filled with rock formations. There is also a mansion, known as Blarney House, which is open to all.
 
St Finbarr’s Cathedral and Shandon Church
On Dean Street lies one of the most popular places of worship in Cork, St. Finnbarr’s Cathedral. Allegedly built where the original Cork settlement was first established, St. Finnbarr’s Cathedral is a testimony to the magnificence of 19th century gothic architecture. The interior is made of marble mosaics, and windows of stained glass show specific scenes from the Bible.
Another must-see for tourists is Shandon Church, which lies on a hill near the river. The Shandon Steeple, along with the Shandon Bells, can be seen from various areas in the city.
 
Eating Out
Cork - Patrick St is the main street with plenty of shops and restaurants. Merchants Quay is a large mall and there is a Tesco supermarket at Paul St Shopping Centre.
Cobh - There are plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants along the harbor. There are two small supermarkets here. A farmer's market is set up on the promenade Friday mornings 10am - 2pm.
Be sure to have a pint of fresh Guinness!
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Shopping
Snoop around the city and there are plenty of shops to discover, but those keen to spend some money should head to Patrick Street, Cork’s lengthy shopping stretch. Antiques and musical instruments are available along MacCurtain Street and French Church Street is peppered with clothes and shoe shops. If you want big brands, wander along Opera Lane where shiny, high street homogeneity awaits.
 
There are several large shopping centres in the city including Merchants Quay on Patrick Street, which is home to a number of department stores like Debenhams and Marks and Spencer as well as fashion houses, bookstores and health and beauty shops over two floors. It also has a food court.
 
The huge Mahon Point Shopping Centre, found at Mahon Point, not only has a slew of stores to quell any shopping needs (from Argos to Zara; home improvements to health foods), but also has a 13 screen cinema, a farmers market and fast food joints.
 
Another option includes Wiltons Shopping Centre, on Sarsfield Road, which has over 75 stores to pick from. It also has a number of banks, restaurants and a Post Office as well as free car parking.
 
Opening hours:
Standard shopping hours are Monday to Saturday 0900-1700/1800. Late-night shopping is on Thursday and Friday, with the bigger stores and many of the smaller ones remaining open until about 2000-2100. Many bookshops keep longer hours and some also open on Sunday 12.00-18.00.


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