Cobh Tourism steps up its game with experiential treasure hunt

Cobh Tourism is inviting visitors to discover the coastal town and see its attractions from a new and intriguing angle

Cobh: offers a friendly and charming vibe for visitors. Picture: Getty

Cobh is best known as a scenic coastal town, offering a friendly and charming vibe for those visiting, and as summer gets under way, Cobh Tourism is inviting visitors to discover it in a whole new way.

Inspired by the latest trend of experiential tourism – the desire to connect with a place, its culture and people – visitors can go on a treasure hunt of the town’s historical treasures, discovering facts and hidden history about the locale.

Participants, be they travelling solo or in a group, will answer questions and complete tasks as they see local sights like the Annie Moore Statue, Heartbreak Pier, and Sonia O’Sullivan statue.

Families can download the Cobh Treasure Hunt app, or they can find free treasure hunt sheets from the tourist office or print them at home from the Visit Cobh website.

The game is a way for people to discover the rich history of Cobh; learning about the stories and events of those who shaped its history. It provides a way for visitors to immerse themselves in the locale, interact with people and learn the region’s history.

Cobh is home to several engaging experiences unique to the region with the Cobh Heritage Museum, Titanic Experience and Guided Titanic Walking trail documenting the town’s status as the ill-fated ship’s last port of call.

It’s also close to one of Europe’s leading tourist attractions: Fortress Spike Island. A short ferry ride from Cobh, the island has lived many lives as the site of a sixth-century monastery, a 24-acre fortress, and the largest convict depot in the world in Victorian times.

As well as renowned eateries such as Jacobs Ladder Restaurant and the Quays Bar & Restaurant, local pubs like Kelly’s Bar and the Rob Roy, and easy accessibility via road, rail or sail, Cobh makes both an ideal trip for a day away or longer.