Discover the Queenstown Story at Cobh Heritage Centre - the story of emigration, Convict Ships & Coffin Ships

The Queenstown Story is a self-guided tour relaying the tales of Emigration to North America, transportation of Convicts to Australia, the story of the Irish indentured servants in the West Indies and, of course, the Titanic and the Lusitania disasters.

This is a moving, educational, interesting and evocative exhibition – which enables you to ‘walk in the footsteps of our ancestors’ who left these shores and whose last sight of Ireland was the town of Cobh.

The exhibition is full of stories and history and gives visitors the opportunity to explore our rich historic past and engage with the stories told.

  • Hear of our Maritime history
  • Discover tales of emigration and transportation
  • Learn Cobh’s connection to the ill-fated Titanic & Lusitania ships
  • Hear about the Irish indentured servants in the West Indies
  • Trace your heritage through the genealogical research facilities

Open Daily Year Round

April to October 31st
Monday to Saturday 09:30 – 18:00
Sunday & Bank Holidays 11:00 – 18:00

November to March 31st
Monday to Saturday: 09:30 – 17:00
Sunday & Bank Holidays: 11:00 – 17:00

Last admission: 1 hour before closing
Visit duration: approx. 60 minutes
Closed: December 24-27, December 31-January 08


Admission Prices 2020:

Adult: €11.00
Senior (aged 65+): €9.00
Student (with valid ID): €9.00
Child (aged 6-14): €6.00
Child (under 5): Free
Family (2 adults & 2 children): €28.00

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

LANGUAGES: Free audio sets available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, Chinese (Mandarin) and Hebrew.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Café serving hot drinks, snacks, soups, sandwiches, mains and desserts.

SHOPPING: Gift shop selling souvenirs and gift items from clothing and glassware to jewellery.

PARKING: Paid car parking available off-site. Free coach parking nearby.

ACCESSIBILITY: The Cobh Heritage Centre is fully accessible for visitors with impaired mobility. There are accessible toilets. The centre has one wheelchair for complimentary use by visitors – and it is always advisable to pre-book to avoid disappointment.

WI-FI: Free Wi-Fi available.

Getting There

Cobh Heritage Centre is located in the old Victorian railway station of Cobh. It is just 20 minutes from Cork City by car or by rail and 35 minutes from Cork Airport.

Map Location: 51.848780, -8.298893
Contact Cobh, The Queenstown Story

Deepwater Quay, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland

Eircode: P24 CY67
T: +353 (0)21 481 3591
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