With its 328-foot (100-meter) spire and imposing facade, this large neo-Gothic cathedral—also known as St. Colman’s Cathedral—dominates the skyline of the harbor town of Cobh. The cathedral is famous for its 49-bell carillon, the only such instrument in Ireland and one of the largest of its kind in Europe.
Many visitors to Cobh Cathedral are cruise ship passengers, who have disembarked at Cobh Cruise Liner Terminal. Many travelers combine a visit to the cathedral with other Cobh attractions, such as the Cobh Museum and the fort-topped Spike Island. Some shore excursions departing from Cobh, and full-day tours from Dublin and Killarney, also visit the cathedral. Visitors can explore the Cobh Cathedral independently, or join guided tours, which take place on Sunday afternoons.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Cobh Cathedral is a must for amateur photographers, offering an excellent vantage point over Cork Harbour.
- Cobh Cathedral is still a functioning house of worship, so be respectfully quiet during your visit..
- The cathedral is wheelchair-accessible via a ramped entrance.
How to Get There
Cobh Cathedral is about a 10-minute walk from the cruise liner terminal and Cobh train station, which connects Cobh to Cork city. The walk is uphill so wear comfortable shoes.
When to Get There
Services take place on weekday mornings, Saturday evenings, and on Sundays in the morning and evenings. Avoid visiting during service times as you will not be able to wander freely around the cathedral interior. At 4:30pm on Sundays between May and September, carillon recitals are performed at the cathedral. The recitals are free and open to the public.
What Else to See in Cobh
Though Cobh Cathedral is the town’s biggest landmark, Cobh has a much bigger claim to fame: this unassuming little town was the last port of call for the RMS Titanic before it set off on its tragic journey across the Atlantic. Several attractions, including the Titanic Experience Cobh and Cobh Heritage Centre document Cobh’s Titanic connections. The Heritage Centre also explores the port’s role as a major departure point for Irish emigrants.