Cobh Heritage Centre, The Queenstown Story


WELCOME TO THE COBH HERITAGE CENTRE. The “Queenstown Story” is the story Irish Emigration from the harbour of Cork to various parts of the world from the 17th century to the 20th century. This beautiful, informative cultural centre is inventively situated in Cobh's restored victorian railway station, a building with its own historical story. The exhibition will engage the visitor in a journey through Irish emigration. From the stories of indentured servants and forced labour in the American colonies and the West Indies to convict transportation to Australia. The period after the Great Famine saw mass emigration to both Canada and the United States and the connection between Cobh /Queenstown and both the Titanic and The Lusitania are also recalled. This moving and educational exhibition will leave the visitor with an emotional and unforgettable experience and a greater insight into what it was like during this very sad period in our history. The exhibition is self-guided and will take approximately one hour to complete, although you can stay as long as you wish. The centre also has two gift shops and a café serving teas, coffees and snacks. "WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OUR EMIGRANT ANCESTORS"

Current opening times

Monday 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM


  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Paid Visit
  • Covid-19 Guidelines
  • Credit Card Accepted
  • Guide Dogs Welcomed
  • Toilets
  • Food On Site
  • Wifi
  • Retail On Site
  • Audio Guide Available
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Paper Ticket Accepted
  • Families
  • Arts & Culture
  • Galleries & Museums
  • Heritage Sites
  • Kids
  • Solo Visitors
  • Friends
  • Mature visitors
  • Historical
  • Entry to the Cobh Heritage Centre
  • The Queenstown Story exhibition
  • Audio guide in various languages
  • Free WIFI
The building is wheelchair friendly as everything is on the ground floor level. 
Gift shops, café and toilets onsite.
Two minutes from Cobh town centre.
Regular trains from Cork City ( only 25 minutes)
Group cancellations at least 48 hours in advance.
A very educational and emotive history of Irish emigration. Your ticket will have a real passengers name, their story can be found within the exhibition. 

Contact details

  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Deepwater Quay
  • Lower Road
  • Cobh
  • Ireland