A journey of beauty, drama, emotion and learning awaits at the Cobh Heritage Centre in Cobh’s beautifully restored Victorian railway station. Between 1845 and 1851, over 1 500 000 people emigrated from Ireland to flee starvation during the famine. 

The Queenstown Story at the Cobh Heritage Centre tells the tale of this mass exodus when emigrants set sail to the British colonies. Many went to British North America (now Canada), others to the United States, Brazil, Argentina and the West Indies.

The Queenstown Story will give visitors a glimpse into our past and the hardships that the early emigrants endured. Hear about the sinking of the Titanic and the Lusitania, inventively displayed through exhibitions. Immerse yourself in maritime history and trace your Irish ancestors through the Centre’s Genealogical Family History Research Profile service.