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The Titanic Trail - A Walking Tour of Cobh


RMS Titanic and the town of Cobh share an important element of the heritage that came to constitute one of
the best-known maritime tragedies in the world. Queenstown, as Cobh was then known, was the last port of
call on the tragic maiden voyage of the great ship. The passengers and mail that went aboard Titanic from
Cobh were the last to do so.

When Titanic lifted its anchor, for what was to be the very last time at the mouth of Cork Harbour on the 11th
April 1912, few would have contemplated that three and a half days later a tragedy of epic proportions would
unfold. Today the town of Cobh helps keep the memories and lessons of Titanic by preserving the original
buildings, streets and piers associated with that time-frame of a century ago.

In its Titanic walking tour, its museums, monuments and
signage, the commemoration of the story of Titanic and the preservation of its connection with Cobh is
respectfully kept alive for visitors to the town.

In Cobh one can explore the real stories and images of these connections among the actual physical
environment where the last events in that most famous tragedy were played out.

The Titanic Trail – Guided Walking Tour of Cobh

The Titanic Trail Cobh (Queenstown) Cork, Ireland, is a fascinating guided tour that explores the town of
Cobh in Cork Harbour which was the last port of call of RMS Titanic. This Irish heritage walking tour takes
visitors through the historic town of Cobh where the buildings, streets and piers have not changed since
the Titanic’s sinking nearly 100 years ago.

The entertaining and innovative Titanic Trail has been operating every day since 1998. The one hour
escorted tour, with specially trained guides, brings to life the story of Titanic, and the events in the town
on the day Titanic left her last anchorage to sail into her icy fate in the North Atlantic.

Cork historian, Dr Michael Martin, the creator of the Titanic Trail, offers a truly authentic Titanic

New this year is the 2012 Centenary Tour which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of
RMS Titanic.

The Titanic Trail has been filmed by 20th Century Fox, National Geographic and many other travel
The Titanic Trail - A Walking Tour of Cobh
This fascinating guided walking tour explores the town of Cobh in Cork Harbour which was the last port
of call of RMS Titanic. Participants are taken by specially trained guides to re-live a Titanic timeline
journey through the historic town of Cobh. The vista of the town remains the same as it was on the day
the Titanic's passengers embarked from the Port of Cork. The tour recounts many interesting facts about
the Titanic, the Titanic's history and its association with Cobh, from when it departed on its last fateful
journey nearly 100 years ago.

11am every morning year round.

October to March times may vary and prior booking is recommended.

During the summer months of June, July and August extra daily walks operate at 11am & 2pm.

Morning tours €9.50 per person.                 Afternoon tours €12.50 per person.

Approximately 45-60 minutes

The Titanic walking tour will bring you through the streets and environs of Cobh, revealing locations

and incidents directly connected to the Titanic and many other aspects Cork harbour history and Irish


Highlights Include
- Original buildings, streets and piers associated with Titanic

- The actual pier where Titanic passengers departed from

- St. Colmans Cathedral

- The Titanic Monument

- Emigrant, military and maritime history

- The story of Spike Island & The Famine

- Convict Transportation

The tour is conducted with specialist guides.

Meeting Point
Commodore Hotel, Cobh.
The Titanic Trail
The Titanic Trail Review:
A must see for any tourist visiting Cobh is the Titanic Trail. Anyone undertaking this walking tour
will certainly not be disappointed. The warm host and tour guide, Dr. Michael Martin, brings
Cobh’s rich history to life in a warm, welcoming and informative manner.

From the Annie Moore statue to the Lusitania & Titanic memorials, Michael offers the hard facts in
a relaxed and personable style. It is through this method that Michael manages to relay the most
knowledge possible about the Titanic as well as other topics, such as the Lusitania without making
it feel like a real history lesson! Having written books on both the Titanic and Spike Island (to
which, he also offers walking tours), Michael is an expert on the subject of the Titanic and it’s
strong relationship with Cobh.

One of the many highlights which one’s attention is drawn to is the original offices of the White
Star Line, where Titanic passengers would have collected their tickets and queued for the ferries out
to the ship and which still stands in its original form today. Not only is the subject of the Titanic
covered but Michael also seamlessly incorporates buildings of significance and offers a brief history
of each along the way. Examples of this include the first American representative house of Cobh,
the first Methodist Church, The Commodore Hotel, John F. Kennedy Park and St. Colman’s

Michael takes pride in the fact that he wrote, prepared & presents the tour himself and that he isn’t
simply reading from a script pre-prepared by someone else. This means that a real sense of genuine
passion comes through throughout the duration of the tour.

Being a very well travelled man and having given talks on both the Titanic and Spike Island all over
the world, Michael truly knows his audience. He strives to make each tour as suitable to his
audience as possible and whether you are visiting from America, Canada, Great Britain, Europe or
anywhere else in the world, he is sure to be able to make you involved and at ease with his
welcoming, sincere and light-hearted nature.

The tour moves at a nice steady pace. For those who are afraid too much walking may be involved,
the entire tour takes place in the space of roughly 300m. One has the opportunity to purchase both
of Michael’s fantastic books for a small nominal fee and can avail of the chance to have them
autographed by him! Tours run daily at 11am, starting outside the Commodore Hotel and additional
tours can be organised by getting in contact with Michael directly. A must for the itinerary of
anyone planning on visiting Cobh, I would absolutely recommend the Titanic Trail to anyone.

For more information on this amazing tour, please see below:

Telephone: From Overseas +353 21 4815211, From Ireland 021 4815211

Email :

Address: The Titanic Trail, Carrignafoy, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland.

APRIL 2012 - The Titanic Centenary Week

9th April 2012: The Balmoral - A visit from the Cruise Liner Balmoral with a welcome and
entertainment for all on the Cobh Quayside

9th to 15th April: Stalls and Markets - During the days of this centenary week, like any other week of
any other year, visitors and locals alike can mingle around the many shops, restaurants and pubs in this
idyllic and unique sea-side town. For this special week, Cobh will also be home to stalls and markets
set up in designated areas where visitors can relax and enjoy many styles of food and other things on

11th April 2012: A National Tribute - Exactly 100 years on from when the Titanic arrived in Cork
Harbour and the last of the passengers and supplies boarded her, Cobh will play host to a national
tribute which will include a ceremony commemorations, Air Corps fly-over and a Navy fleet review.

11th to 14th April 2012: Ireland's Connection: A series of flagship concerts are scheduled to take
place from 7.00pm to 9.00pm from the 11th to the 14th of April. These outdoor concerts which will
feature prominent musicians and performers will tell the story of the Titanic's connection with the island
of Ireland through many genres of music.

12th to 13th April 2012:MV Marco Polo - An overnight visit from Cruise & Maritime Voyages MV
Marco Polo on her special Titanic cruise, arriving 4.00pm on the 12th of April and departing at 5.00pm
on the 13th. A warm welcome and open air entertainment will be provided during their stay.

14th April: National Search and Rescue Display - from the Irish Coast Guard. This display will be
held in the afternoon and is a must see for the entire family as it promises to be a search and rescue
extravaganza with a difference.

15th April: Titanic Remembrance Service - An ecumenical church service to mark the 100 year
century of the Titanic tragedy will be given in Cobh.

20th -21st April: Two day Titanic Lecture Series: A series of lectures investigating many aspects of
the Titanic story. Organised by the University College Cork, this series will deliver lectures by many
well-known authors and lecturers including Professor John Wilson Foster. A must for anyone with the
urge to receive an academic view on the subject of the Titanic.

The Titanic Experience
Opening Times:7 days per week                      9am-6pm.              Please note last entry is 5pm

Contact us on 021 481 4412 or email

Experience Price List
       Adult €9.50              Senior/Student (With Valid ID) €7.50

For Group Bookings please contact us on +353 21 4814412 or email

Secondary Schools
Titanic Experience Cobh provides an exciting new school tour venue, located in the heart of Cobh town, just
20 min. outside Cork city. A new permanent interactive tour, the Titanic Experience tells the story of the
Titanic through the eyes of the 123 passengers who boarded in the ship Queenstown (now Cobh).

Our visitor experience is delivered in 2 halves.

First Half
       Exciting immersive audio visual tour retracing the steps of Queenstown passengers
       Starts with arrival at the White Star Line Ticket Office
       Presents a snapshot of what life might have been like on board
       Ends on to the tragedy of the sinking.

Second Half
       Examines what went wrong and how many lives were lost in the tragedy
       Discovering the ships planned route
       Discovery of the wreck
       Ships anatomy
      Personalities on board the ship, most predominantly featuring stories of the Titanic’s Queenstown

Tour time
The tour will take approx. 1 hour to go around.

The price for school groups is €4.00 per child (normal child rate €4.75). We invite teachers and
accompanying adults free of charge.

Make a booking
To make a booking or enquiry please email and we will be back to you to
confirm your booking. Alternatively you can phone us on (021) 481 4412

Tour Information
It will take approximately one hour to complete the Titanic Experience with an additional 45 minutes to cover
Tregan Craft Centre exhibits and shopping.

There are many features of this historic building which can be used as photo opportunities. These include
the iron gate featuring Titanic lettering and port holes, the front steps to the main entrance and the rear of the
building. The rear of the building allows a close up view of the pier area, from where the tenders transported
our passengers to Titanic. In addition the rear of the craft centre has a superb view of Cobh Cathedral,
another excellent photo opportunity.

Merchandise shopping is available at the reception area of the Titanic Experience. Craft Shopping is
available at the adjoining Tregan Craft Centre.

Driving Directions

From Cork City
From Kent Railway Station Cork City Centre Continue on N8 on lower Glanmire Road
Pass Silversprings Hotel
At Roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the N8 (signposted Dublin)
At Dunkettle Interchange continue onto the N25 (signposted Rosslare)
Branch Left at Tullagreine Junction (Signposted for Cobh), then at Roundabout take the 4th exit over bridge,
at next roundabout take 1st exit signposted Cobh on the R624
Pass Fota Wildlife Park
Road Veers Right after Bridge
Pass Cross River Ferry
On Entering Cobh Town Park is on the right. Titanic Experience Cobh is next Building on the Right.

By Train
Irish Rail Offer a Commuter Service to Cobh from Kent Station in Cork City.
The train station in Cobh is a few minutes’ walk from the Titanic Experience Cobh Ltd.
Just walk into Cobh town passing the Water’s Edge Hotel, Sirius Arts Centre and then Cobh Park on your
Right. Titanic Experience Cobh Ltd is the Next Building on your Right next to the park
The Titanic Experience
Titanic Experience Cobh is a new permanent visitor experience in Cobh.

The story of the Titanic has captured the hearts and minds of millions. From descendants of crew
and passengers, to the just plain fascinated, the story has been re-told over and over from Belfast to

The Titanic Experience Cobh exhibition will be housed in the original White Star Line building in
Cobh, the site where the last 123 passengers boarded the Titanic. The building will deliver the
poignancy of the story being told. The Titanic Experience has secured the original offices of the
White Star Line, the point of departure for the last 123 passengers to board Titanic. Still in
existence at the rear of the building are the remains of the pier along which the passengers would
have walked to board the tenders which took them to Titanic.

The aim of the Titanic Experience Cobh is to bring to life the experience on board to share the highs
and lows of an early 20th century luxury cruise liner through clever set designs, audio visual aids
and interactive exhibits. This will include cinematic shows, holographic imagery and touch screen

There have been many stories told on the Titanic and the fate of its passengers, this exhibition will
focus on the last 123 who boarded at Cobh (then known as Queenstown), highlighting the intimate
Irish connection to this legendary story.

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Titanic Experience Cobh is a new permanent visitor attraction due to open on February 1st 2012 in Cobh,
Co. Cork, Ireland. We invite you to retrace the footsteps of our Queenstown passengers

EXPERIENCE the anticipation of the long journey ahead & a new life waiting in America
SHARE the excitement of boarding the most luxurious liner of her time
FEEL the horror of the tragedy that immortalised this most famous of cruise liners
INVESTIGATE how it all went wrong… The unbelievable and “almost” impossible sequence of events
that occurred to cause Titanic to sink.

EXPLORE the final resting place of Titanic as she lies on the ocean bed 100 years on
DISCOVER the fate of our 123 Queenstown passengers
Titanic Floor Plan
A floor plan of the Titanic Experience Cobh
Titanic & Ireland
Titanic has a very unique connection to Ireland. Constructed in Belfast and having Queenstown Co. Cork as
its last port of call, Titanic holds a special place in the hearts of the Irish from North to South. From the toil of
those who built her to the shattered dreams of the Irish 3rd class emigrants who lost their lives, Titanic
stories continue to capture the hearts and imagination of millions.

Titanic History

In 1912 The Titanic was the largest passenger steamship. Owned by the White Star Line and constructed in
Belfast, Ireland. Her final place of departure was Cobh, Cork, Ireland.

She was designed using the most advanced technology available at the time by reputable engineers and her
sinking on her maiden voyage has fascinated the world since.

At 11:40pm on the 14th April 1912 she struck an iceberg on the way to New York City. She sank at


White Star Line was determined that no expense would be spared in the construction of Titanic. It took 3
years for Titanic to be completed at a cost equivalent to 7.5 million dollars. More than 3000 men were
employed in the building of the ship. The Titanic at the time was the largest ship ever built with a length of
883 feet and a maximum height of 175 feet. Titanic had a tonnage of 46,328 and was capable of a
maximum speed of 23 knots. The Maximum Capacity of the Ship was 3547 passengers and crew.

White Star Line appointed their most experienced Captain to take charge of the maiden voyage. Captain
Edward J Smith had previously command of the Olympic but had left that ship at Southampton to take
command of Titanic on her maiden voyage. He had an engaging manner and pleasing personality and had
the reputation of being an ideal captain. Captain Smith was once famously quoted as saying:
“I cannot imagine any condition which would cause a modern ship to founder …… Shipbuilding has gone
beyond that….”

Maiden Voyage

The Titanic sailed from Belfast to Southampton to commence her first transatlantic crossing from there.
Thomas Andrews Chief Designer travelled with the ship and was busy throughout these first days ensuring
that Titanic was in all respects ready for sea. He headed the party of representatives from Harland and
Wolff put on board to ensure the maiden voyage went smoothly.

At noon on the 10 April 1912 Titanic set sail from Southampton. Immediately, there was a serious incident
with potential for disaster. A near collision was averted with the steamer “New York”. The “New York”,
smaller than the Titanic, broke her moorings and began to be sucked in towards the Titanic as the Titanic
drew close. Tugs secured her so Titanic had a narrow escape.

Titanic sailed from Southampton to Cherbourg in France and then on to Queenstown (Now Cobh). At
Queenstown she picked up mail and 123 passengers. On Board were 2228 passengers and crew when the
Titanic left Queenstown at 1.30pm on the afternoon of Thursday April 11 th 1912 steaming west out into the
Atlantic bound for New York.

The Collision

The voyage was uneventful until the 14th April. There were ice reports during the day of the 14 th along the
intended route of the Titanic. Captain Smith had taken the southern track as was normal practice for the
time of year but did not slow the ship down on receiving these Ice warnings

The Titanic, although a floating palace, did not have advanced warning systems that we have today.
Marconi wireless was a major advance in communications but in its infancy on board ship still being tested
and new to most ship owners. It allowed for Marconi Operators to transmit Morse messages ship to ship
and ship to shore. At the time the only visible early warning system was the use of lookouts whose job it
was to stand in the crow’s nest, which was attached to the foremast keeping lookout for any perceived
dangers ahead. They would immediately notify the ships bridge if anything of concern to the ships safety
was observed.

On the Sunday night in question Frederick Fleet and Reginald Lee were the lookouts at the critical time.
The Titanic was travelling at a speed of 21 knots. It was 11.40 p.m. 14 April 1912. The lookouts had just
observed an iceberg straight ahead and urgently rang the warning bell three times. Frederick Fleet then
phoned the Officer on the Bridge to tell him what he had seen.

First Officer William M. Murdoch was on watch on the Bridge. He immediately ordered hard a starboard,
the engines to stop and full speed astern also quickly closing all watertight doors. Minutes seemed to pass
but in reality it was only about thirty-seven seconds from when the alarm was sounded to the collision.
Captain Smith quickly returned to the bridge and ordered an assessment of the damage to the ship.
Thomas Andrews confirmed their worst fears. The Titanic had 5 watertight compartments breached and
would not survive.

The Tragedy
With the fate of the Titanic sealed, Captain Smith ordered the lifeboats to be prepared for launching.
Instructions were that women and children were to be put into lifeboats first. The first of many distress
signals was sent. The nearest ship to the Titanic was the Californian, which were only six to ten miles
away. However the wireless operator had gone off duty and the distress signals went unheard by the
Californian. Crewmembers of the Californian reported seeing rockets fired by a ship, they informed the
master but apart from observing and signalling by lamp the Californian did nothing else.

The Cunard liner Carpathia was the nearest other ship and approximately 58 miles away. The Carpathia
picked up Titanic’s Distress Messages and quickly replied she was on her way but she arrived after Titanic
had gone, too late as it transpired and only able to pick up the 705 survivors in or on lifeboats.

Second Officer Charles Lightoller was in charge of the portside evacuation. First Officer Murdoch was in
charge of the Starboard Evacuation. The order was for women and children first. A number of the lifeboats
were launched under capacity. Indeed one of the first lifeboats to be launched had only 12 persons aboard
while the lifeboat had space for 65 persons.

The last lifeboat to be successfully launched was collapsible D at 2.05am. With minutes to go a few officers
tried to release the two remaining collapsible boats from the Roof of the Officers Quarters. With the Titanic
rising out of the water at the stern, the rising water washed off the remaining two collapsible boats A and B.

At 2.20am the Titanic Sank. Titanic carried 20 lifeboats with a total capacity 1178 persons.

Of the 2228 passengers and crew on board. Only 705 survived.

Of the 123 passengers that had boarded in Queenstown 79 were lost.

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