Cobh (pronounced Cove) is a small town on the south coast of Ireland famous as the last port visited by the Titanic. Cobh is close to the city of Cork and also Blarney Castle, the home of the Blarney Stone.
Where You're Docked
Ships dock in town directly across from the main railway station.
Money and Tipping
To get to to Cork, trains run regularly from the station beside the pier. Trains run every half hour, fare is €8.50 return (May 2014) and the journey takes 25 minutes. When cruise ships are in, extra trains are usually scheduled. Cork Kent Railway station is northeast of the city center across the River Lee. Bus 215 for Blarney leaves from Parnell Place beside the bus terminal in Cork. Get off at Blarney Village (Woollen Mills). The trip takes 20 minutes and departs every half hour. Fare is €7.30 (May 2014) return or €4 one way. Tickets can be pre-purchased online with a slight discount http://www.buseireann.ie/
Blarney Castle - The queues are usually pretty long to kiss the Blarney Stone so it's best to get in line right away and explore the grounds after. Tickets can now be pre-purchased online. Entry fee is €12 (May 2014). http://www.blarneycastle.ie
Shopping & Restaurants
Cork - Patrick St is the main street with plenty of shops and restaurants. Merchants Quay is a large mall and there is a Tesco supermarket at Paul St Shopping Centre.
Cobh - There are plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants along the harbor. There are two small supermarkets here. A farmer's market is set up on the promenade Friday mornings 10am - 2pm.
Be sure to have a pint of fresh Guinness!
Restaurants, pubs and cafes may provide free wifi for customers. Trains have free wifi and the station has free wifi with a 10 minute limit though extra time can be purchased. http://www.irishrail.ie/travel-information/wifi-and-power
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