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Mar 21st, 2011, 01:05 PM
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Transportation from the port of Cobh to Cork

Will be on a cruise & the ship is docking in Cobh. How far is Cork from there & what are the transportation options? Is there plenty of sightseeing to do in Cork or do we want to explore elsewhere. We will have 7 or 8 hours. Any sightseeing suggestions?
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Mar 21st, 2011, 02:56 PM
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There are trains from Cobh to Cork, generally running every hour with a journey time of 24 minutes.
www.irishrail.ie
Cobh (pronounced "Cove") is an attractive town dominated by its cathedral. There is an exhibition, the Queenstown Story, about emigration from Ireland.
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Mar 22nd, 2011, 12:14 AM
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Cork, to be blunt about it, has limited attractions to most visitors.

There's terrific wild Irish coastline about 2 hrs drive away - and I imagine your cruise has a tour to it, which however pricey will be cheaper than hiring a taxi for a day. The coast immediately round Cork is pretty humdrum.

But many people from a non-pub culture might be entranced by hearing so many Irish accents in the street and meandering between pubs. For which there's ample opportunity in Cork.

Remember, though, that although seating is widespread outside nany coffee places and pubs throughout the British Isles, the Mediterranean balm that's conducive to lingering at an outside timetable is intermittent. On a blustery, wet day (very thin, light Irish rain can be astoundingly wet), that cruise bus tour might be a lot more attractive than wandering Cork's streets.
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Mar 22nd, 2011, 01:20 AM
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Ditto what flanner said.
I like Cork, but more due to the fact that I always stay with friends in the very rural middle of nowhere. So Cork is a nice change to see more people than cows and take advantage of strolling through a "real town" with many shops and pubs.
But not necessarily a must-see location for first-time visitors with a limited time budget.
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Mar 22nd, 2011, 03:07 AM
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Last year I went down to meet a friend off a cruse. Unfortunately the trip was subject to bad weather before they got to Cobh and they only had 3 hours on shore. We spent the time in town and visited the Cathedral, Heritage centre and other sights in the Town. Had they had a full day my plans had been a choice between the Middleton Distillery or Blarney Castle although Fota House appealed to my other half.

http://www.cork-guide.ie/cobh.htm
http://www.cork-guide.ie/attractions/jhc.htm
http://www.blarneycastle.ie/
http://www.fotahouse.com/
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Mar 22nd, 2011, 12:15 PM
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There is actually a lot more to cobh than meets the eye and the welcome of the locals should remain with you long after you have sailed. There is a wealth of information here http://visitcobh.com/news/?p=644 both on Cobh itself and on Cork city which is just a short train journey away
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