Last Updated: 1st September, 2018
Cobh previously known as Queenstown, was the centre of Irish emigration, the last port of call for the Titanic, and the place to which survivors of the Lusitania were brought. Visit the Queenstown Story - a multimedia exhibition at Cobh's Victorian Railway Station. Visit also Cobh's Cathedral with its wonderful architectural work, its many mosaics, stained glass windows and statues. Enjoy the stunning views over the town of Cobh (pronounced Cove) and out to Spike Island and take in the views over Cork Harbour and back toward Cobh with the Cathedral standing in all its glory above the town.
Cobh Visitor Attractions - Things to see and do
Barryscourt Castle located in Carrigtwohill, dates from the same period as Bunratty and Dunguaire Castles. Built in 1206, it was the seat of the Earl of Barrymore until 1700. The castle was opened to the public after extensive renovations. Here you can stroll the fruit and herb gardens and enjoy an informative tour of the castle also. Located just 20 minutes from Cork City or 10 minutes from Midleton, it is well worth a visit, Belvelly Castle is also close by just after the entrance for Fota Wild Life Park, while small and not open to the public it is in a lovely setting.
Ballycotton Sanctuary & Wetlands. A bird sanctuary of international importance stretches from Ballycotton around the bay to Ballymacoda.
Just looking out to Ballycotton Lighthouse you will see a multitude of bird life activity and now with tours out to Ballycotton Lighthouse you will have a wonderful view.
Beaches in East Cork, there are 3 beautiful beaches in the area of Ballycotton, Garryvoe and Youghal. Popular with water enthuasits, surfers, kayers and swimmers alike.
Bird Watching, Angling and Sea Fishing in East Cork. For the birdwatchers East Cork is a hive of activity with lots of different wildlife and birds to be spotted, from Waders, Grebes, Golden Plover and many many more. The area of Cork is popular with many different species of birds due to our varied landscape such as mudflats, beach and lagoon areas, reedbeds and rocky shorelines. Some areas to visit include Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve and the Rostellan area, Ballycotton, Garryvoe and Ballycotton Cliff Walk area.
Ballycotton especially in East Cork offers a range of fishing, such as deep sea fishing and shore fishing in Ballycotton and Garryvoe area. You have a range of Beach area here to choose from such as Ballyandreen, Ballycotton Pier, Ballybranigan Beach and Ballycrenane, Youghal and Knockadoon Head. Boats can be charted out for fishing, and some will have rods and tackle hire options, boats also available in some case for Ballycotton Lighthouse tours, island visiting and sight seeing tours.
Fota Wildlife Park, Fota Island here you will see over 70 species of wildlife from all 5 continents, roam freely past bird-filled lakes, monkey islands and flamingo parks. A great family day-out.
Shanagarry a village renowned for its superb pottery. Enjoy viewing the lovely Stephen Pearse pottery in his shop and cafe. . See the latest designs and crafts at The Kilkenny Cafe Shanagarry or visit the renowned Ballymaloe House, Gardens and Cookery School and stop off for lunch in the cafe. Located 20 minutes from Midleton or 40 minutes from Cork City. There are some wonderful beaches just on its doorstep Ardnahinch, Garryvoe and beauiful Ballycotton.
The Jameson Centre, Midleton Experience the history of Irish Whiskey, see the world's biggest Pot Still and after your tour enjoy a sample of the local Irish Jameson Whiskey and compare the taste and richness of it to other whiskeys.
Take home a little souvenir from Ireland from the gift shop or just take time out in the restaurant. Midleton town is easily accessible with lots of bus services and train station close by also.
East Cork offers a number of historic sites of interest from Cloyne's Round Tower, Barryscourt Castle, Belvelly Castle tower house and the heritage trail in Youghal and views from its old town walls and Youghal's Clock Gate Tower. Lots for visitors to East Cork to see and do.
The ancient town of Youghal was occupied by the Danes and Normans and was also part of the great tract of land that was granted to Sir Walter Raleigh. His home, Myrtle Grove, still stands today and is open to the public. Tradition has it that it was here he planted the first potatoes. The main street is spanned by the beautiful Clock Gate built in 1777.
Youghal Visitor Attraction - Things to see and do