June 24, 2019
Last time we were in Cobh, we went to the Titanic Museum. Cobh was the last port of call for the Titanic before it sailed into the Atlantic. We did the whole Titanic experience last , from Belfast where the museum is a start to finish experience, to Cobh to the cemeteries in Halifax.
Here is our view as we sailed in.
Today we decided to take the train to Cork since we didn’t visit there before. The train station is right outside of the port area where the ship docks so it was very easy. The ticket was only 10.30 pounds round trip and the train runs every half hour and takes only 24 minutes to get to Cork.
The forecast was for rain today but to our surprise it turned out to be a delightful sunny day. Not even as cool as Dublin.
When we got to Cork, we walked around before getting on the hop on hop off bus to get a perspective of the city. Of course, we visited the 400 year old English Market.
Cork is divided by the River Lee. It flows through the city in two main channels so you find yourself constantly crossing beautiful bridges.
Cork was once fully walled and now you can see only remnants of the wall.
There are two cathedrals in the city; St. Mary’s Cathedral and Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral.
We also passed the Shandon Bells Tower of St. Anne’s Church.
The old jail is interesting. It was eventually made into a women’s jail and the men’s was at the bottom of the hill.
St. Patrick’s Street is the main street of the city and it is a pedestrian friendly route. There are lots of shops and pubs. Here are some of the sights.
We had lunch in the English Market – delicious. Also bought a scone there – there were way too many good things to sample.
This is the Cork City Hall.
We took the train back and I had a stroll through Cobh. It is also a delightful place. Very small but charming.
There is a lot of Titanic memorabilia here.
And a beautiful waterfront.
Before we left Cobh, we saw these people in period dress on the pier. We also saw colorful houses, remains of the fort and this lighthouse as we left the harbor and Ireland for our Atlantic crossing.