THE QUEENSTOWN STORY
WELCOME TO THE COBH HERITAGE CENTRE
The “Queenstown Story” is the story Irish Emigration.
Folow the story form the 1600’s when transportation to the British overseas colonies was commonplace, from Virginia and New England to Barbados, Jamacia and Monserrat.
This beautiful, informative and sometimes emotive Exhibition is situated within Cobh’s beautifully restored Victorian railway station, a building with its own historic story.
COBH: THE QUEENSTOWN STORY.
GPS: 51 50 55.68 N 8 17 57.72 W
POSTCODE: P24 CY67
Open 7 days a week.
Summer Opening Times:
Mon-Sun: 9.30am to 6.00pm
from April 15th to October 13th
(NB: last admission 5pm)
Winter Opening Times:
Mon – Sat: 9.30am to 5pm
Sundays & Bank Holidays: open at 11am
from October 14th to April 14th.
(NB: last admission 1 hour before closing)
We are closed on December 23rd to December 26th inclusive.
Opening Friday 27th, Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th.
We close on December 31st, re-opening on Monday January 6th.
ADULTS – €11.00
SENIORS – €9.00
STUDENTS – €9.00
CHILDREN – €6.00
FAMILY* – €28.00
(*2 adults and up to 4 children under 16)
After visiting the exhibition or while you are waiting for a cruise liner, make sure you sample the delicious delights in Cobh Heritage Centre’s Cafè.
Here you can relax and take in the atmosphere of the restored Victorian Railway Station Cobh and the Cobh Heritage Centre, while sampling our renowned home-made produce.
THE ANNIE MOORE STORY FROM COBH TO ELLIS ISLAND
Learn all about Annie Moore, the first emigrant ever to be processed at Ellis Island on 1 January 1892. A statue of Annie Moore and her two brothers is located directly outside Cobh Heritage Centre.
A similar statue of Annie can be found in Ellis Island, New York, representing the honour of being the first emigrant to pass through Ellis Island and standing as a symbol of the many Irish who have embarked on that very same journey.
Find the full story of Annie Moore, her early life, her voyage and her life of hardship in New York.
EXPLORE LIFE ON BOARD A COFFIN AND CONVICT SHIP
From 1848 to 1950, over six million adults and children emigrated from Ireland – over 2.5 million of those departed from Cobh (then called Queenstown), making it the single most important port of emigration. Learn about some of the emigrants who departed from Cobh, many in search of a new life in a land of opportunity, and many more who departed involuntarily as convicts to Australia or as forced labour to the colonies and the West Indies – known as the forgotten Irish..
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TRACE YOUR IRISH ROOTS
Cobh Heritage Centre offers a Genealogical Family History Research Profile.
This expert system has been designed to allow someone with no knowledge of genealogical records to obtain a detailed custom made analysis of all Irish records relevant to researching a particular ancestor.
It will answer:
– What records are relevant to my ancestors?
– How do I use these records?
– Where are they?
– How do I get Access to them?
There is a charge of €60.00 for a one hour session with our Genealogist.
(we would advise to book in advance).
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Learn about the ill-fated ship and view the message in a bottle thrown overboard.
On 11 April 1912, the Titanic left Queenstown with 1,308 passengers and 898 crew members as she embarked on her final journey.
Our colourful and informative displays will take you back in time to learn more about the Titanic.
Throughout the exhibition, there are many individual stories to be found such as that of Jeremiah Burke and the message in the bottle he sent from Titanic, and Fr. Frank Browne whose photos on board Titanic survived.
Visitors will also see the original letter written on board Titanic by passenger Edward Colley and posted in Queenstown.
VISIT OUR UPGRADED LUSITANIA EXHIBITION
Learn all about the ocean liner that was sunk by a German torpedo.
On May 7th 1915 the Cunard liner Lusitania was en route from New York to Liverpool, having maintained her Atlantic passage service despite the outbreak of war.
Cobh was at the centre of rescue efforts and launched a flotilla of rescue boats, saving 761 people.