The Queenstown Story @ Cobh Heritage Centre , Great Stories Of Emigration.

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    Cobh, The Queenstown Story, 2/1/2022 - 12/30/2022Monday - Sunday : 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM2/1/2023 - 12/30/2023Monday - Sunday : 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Cobh Heritage Centre. The Queenstown Story, The Queenstown Story @ Cobh Heritage Centre Deepwater Quay Tel 021 4813591 Deepwater Quay, Kilgarvan, Cobh, Co. Cork, P24 CY67, Ireland
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


With such a rich History, Heritage and a story to tell, a trip to The Queenstown Story @ Cobh Heritage Centre is a must. This beautiful, informative cultural centre is inventively situated within Cobh's restored Victorian Railway station, a building holding its own historic story.
Given that so many from Ireland' past travelled through Cobh(Queenstown), one of the world's finest natural harbours, visitors can learn historic and emotive recounts of The Queenstown Story, where over three million Irish people emigrated from this port town in search of a new life.
Everything from the sinking of the Titanic and The Lusitania, to the transportation of the forgotten Irish who endured forced labour in Cromwellian times as well as the stories of emigration to North America is inventively displayed in a variety of modern, tasteful and artistic ways.
Relax, enjoy a coffee and "Walk in the Footsteps of our Emigrant Ancestors"


  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Excellent value for money
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

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The Queenstown Story is a very emotive, interesting and educational experience. It tells the story of Cobh's history and legacy dealing with events in Irish and world history that have a close connection with Cobh. The main theme is the story of Irish Emigration, how and why it happened and how it still stirs emotion with descendants of those people. The story of how Irish men, women and children were sent as convicts to Australia and the conditions they had to endure.

Cobh has one of the finest nartural harbors in the world and therefore the exhibition has a maritime theme also and it recalls the close association between Cobh and the two great liner disasters the Titanic and the Lusitania. It is a self guided tour that has multi media and audio visual displays and is suitable for all ages. The tour lasts approx 45 minutes but one could quite easily spend a few hours soaking up all the history.

The Cobh Cultural Tour

This tour includes the Queenstown Story exhibition above in addition to the famous Titanic Trail Walking Tour. The walking tour commences at 11am or 2pm each day and gives amazing insights into the real stories and historical environs of Cobh, tracing its buildings and monuments connecting the visitor to the underlying narrative of locations associated with Titanic. Entry to the Queenstown Story can be before or after the walking tour.



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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Traveler Reviews

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  • 30-Oct-2022

    This is a well thought out display. It takes you along in chronological order with good quality displays. It starts with the 1600’s and the political prisoners and “involuntary” indentured servants sent to the United States and progresses to modern day. As history has told, there are a lot of sad stories. As a way to keep your interest, you’re given a boarding pass with a name, to check out their journey. We spent much longer here than we expected

  • 15-Sep-2022

    The Heritage Centre is marvelous, yet sobering and thought provoking, telling the story of the millions of people who left Ireland through the port of Cobh from the 17th century onwards. Cobh is the last port of call of the Titanic on its fateful voyage in 1912 and in 1915 the ocean liner Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine nearby. The survivors were brought to Cobh and most of the bodies of people recovered are buried in Cobh. On entry, each person is given a ticket with the name of an emigrant and thechallenge is to find their story somewhere in the museum. I was assigned Edward Colley a 37 year old engineer who had the misfortune to sail on the Titanic, and who unfortunately, was not one of the survivors.

  • 29-Aug-2022

    This is a MUST if you are visiting Cobh. Chronicles Emigration from this port from the 1600's for all its various reasons and is a most comprehensive exhibition. I imagine one could spend a couple of hours before repairing to their coffee shop to digest all...mind you with a 9year old in tow we had a "whistle-stop tour" as she endeavoured to answer all the Quiz Questions on the A4 sheets provided by lady at ticket desk, so she was "engaged" but not for young children I dont think. Its a marvellously laid out and informative exhibition and next time I'm in the area, I shall visit again, in adult-only company!!

  • 03-Aug-2022

    Interaction with the people in charge of the center, they explained us the different booth and major things to see

  • 27-Jul-2022

    My 9 year old girl was refused entry to the toilets by a very rude toilet attendant in her sixtys. It was two minutes to closing time, however, she managed to leave in a gentleman who she said " did the tour"............ Sent an email the following day for attention of manager......No Reply🤬. Dreadful behaviour.

  • 12-Jul-2022

    This artifact-rich immersion experience transports you to the travails and challenges that shaped and altered the lives of the legions who embarked from Cobh on their journey to the New World. The museum easily handles large numbers of visitors and allows you to set your own pace and explore the storylines at your own pace. Although a separate nearby museum treats the Titanic story it is given ample attention here in several dedicated galleries.

  • 27-Jun-2022

    This place was so informative! I loved the displays and interactive aspects of this self-guided experience. Upon entering, we each received a passenger ticket with a real person's name from history and which ship they were booked on. As we explored the museum, learning about fearsome female pirates, indentured servants, fateful ship voyages and penal colonies in far-flung lands, we kept an eye out for our person's name and history. I'm happy to report that my lady survived the sinking of The Lusitania. Unluckily my husband's person wasn't so fortunate. The exhibits were well planned and immersive. The Queenstown Story really brought history alive in a fascinating and easily followed way.

  • 16-Jun-2022

    Did both this and Titanic Experience Cobh on same day. This was much more detailed about the history of Irish emigration, and the evolution of cruise ships. Both huge influences on Cobh. Some AV exhibits but mostly photos & text. Thus probably not the most exciting for kidS who don’t read yet.

  • 14-Jun-2022

    Despite having lived in Cobh quite a few years, i only got around to visiting this recently! Like some reviewers, I thought the first part of the Exhibition was a little mediocre (mainly display boards on various emigrants/locations), but once it focuses on the ships and the Titanic and Lusitania in particular, it was great! Some wonderful memorabilia and letters, many of which were so very poignant - most especially the small bottle, originally for holy water but used by a Cork emigrant to hold a farewell message as he departed from Roche's Point on the Titanic and which was found the following year, after his death had been confirmed. Items like these really brought the past to life. All in all, very enjoyable. It's not high tech but it's informative and evocative The gift shop is pretty much tourist stuff-- could be some better quality stuff in there but I guess it's ok if you're visiting and want to buy some leprechaun or shamrock embossed souvenirs... The cafe was closed when I was there. The toilets could be improved and better maintained.

  • 07-Jun-2022

    Our tour guide had tickets for the Center and suggested we do a walk through. Glad he did. The story of immigration is told in words and visuals. The exhibits really show you how tough it was to immigrate to the US for the "common people" but really plush for the uper classes. The details of the indentured servant system was well explained. The exhibits are well done and the models excellent. The Victorian train station is an excellent home for the Center. The volunteers do a great job of telling the story. There is also an area covering the Lusitania disaster--which brought the US into WWI. A number of the passengers killed are buried outside the city in mass graves. There is a historian who helps guests (for a price) to identify their own genealogy as to possible Irish family links/trees. This is a small museum that is easy to navigate. We liked it!

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