Jean and I went to Cobh this morning and the weather was absolutely beautiful. Cobh is about 24 km east of Cork City and is host to The Queenstown Story-Titanic Exhibition and St Colman’s Cathedral to mention just two attractions. Cobh is seriously hilly but the town centre, not really the centre more a promenade, is manageable and I would recommend that any wheelchair user have assistance handy. Check out the Cobh website for yourself – visitcobh.com
Our first port of call was The Queenstown Story-Titanic Exhibition.
It may not be as grand and imposing as The Titanic Quarter in Belfast but it is 400 Km closer. It is in the railway station and can be reached from Kent Station in Cork. It is an enjoyable, informative and accessible experience with designated parking at the front door and accessible toilets just inside. We were met by the manager Jack Walsh who was most helpful and knowledgeable. We had a leisurely cuppa and scone before we left.
Check out the website for yourself – http://www.cobhheritage.com/
We then drove up to St Colman’s Cathedral which occupies a lofty and commanding perch overlooking the town and the greater harbour area. It would have remained visible to the passengers of the Titanic for a long time after sailing. The cathedral itself is an imposing structure both inside and outside. The cathedral is wheelchair accessible but the ramped doorway is not sign-posted at all. In fact there is one designated parking spot next to the church but it is on the opposite side to the accessible door. Go figure! The views from the front of the cathedral are spectacular.