Take the Titanic Trail

Cobh (or Queenstown, as it was known back then) was the last port of call for the Titanic, and as such has sprung up a whole mini-industry for devotees of that ill-fated vessel. The popular Titanic Trail (tel. 021/481-5211; www.titanic-trail.com) is a walking tour of a variety of local sites most closely associated with the ship, and it uses them as a springboard for a broader overview of Cobh's maritime and emigrant history. In truth, some of the Titanic connections seem a little tenuous (see the actual building in which the White Star Line shipping company used to have an office -- fancy that!), but fans will love it. If you're not one of them, console yourself with the thought of a complimentary Guinness at the end of the tour. The walk, which takes about an hour and 15 minutes, leaves from the Commodore Hotel, 4 Westbourne Place, everyday from April to October at 11am. From June to August an extra tour leaves at 2pm. Tickets cost €9.50 adults, €4.75 kids 11 and under, and can be purchased on the day of the tour from the guide, or booked in advance on the number above. The same company also runs a Ghost Tour, which costs €15 per person; call or visit the website for details.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.