Discover the Queenstown Story at Cobh Heritage Centre - the story of emigration, Convict Ships & Coffin Ships.

The Queenstown Story is a self-guided tour relaying the tales of Emigration to North America, transportation of Convicts to Australia, the story of the Irish slaves in the West Indies and, of course, the Titanic and the Lusitania disasters.

This is a moving, educational, interesting and evocative exhibition - which enables you to ‘walk in the footsteps of our ancestors’ who left these shores and whose last sight of Ireland was the town of Cobh.

The exhibition is full of stories and history and gives visitors the opportunity to explore our rich historic past and engage with the stories told.

Highlights include:
  • Hear of our Maritime history
  • Discover tales of emigration and transportation
  • Learn Cobh’s connection to the ill-fated Titanic & Lusitania ships
  • Hear about the Irish Slaves in the West Indies
  • Trace your heritage through the genealogical research facilities


Visitor Information

Open Year Round

Monday - Saturday 09:30 - 18:00
Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00 - 18:00

Monday - Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00 - 17:00

Contact Details

Cobh Heritage Centre
Deepwater Quay, Cobh, Co. Cork

T: +353 (0) 21 481 3591

Closed: December 24 to 27 and December 30 to January 11

Last admission:  1 hour before closing

Approx. visit duration: 60 minutes


Admission Prices 2015/2016

Adult: €9.50
Senior (aged 65+): €7.50
Student (with valid ID): €7.50
Child (aged 6-15): €5.00
Child (aged 0-5): Free
Family (2 adults & 4 children): €25

Pre-booking advisable but not essential


Other Useful Information

Free information guide available in English, French and Dutch. Free audio guides available in German, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.

Café serving hot drinks, snacks, soups, sandwiches, mains and desserts. 

Gift shop selling souvenirs and gift items from clothing and glassware to jewellery. 

Paid car parking available off-site. Free coach parking nearby.

The Cobh Heritage Centre is fully accessible with accessible toilets. 

Free Wi-Fi available.


Map Location

Cobh Heritage Centre is located in the old Victorian railway station of Cobh. It is just 20 minutes from Cork City by car or by rail and 35 minutes from Cork Airport. 

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