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- Visitor Attraction Admissions
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Cork, Blarney Castle, Cobh and Titanic Story Rail Tour From Dublin
Visit Cork, Blarney Castle and Cóbh - The Queenstown Titanic Story
WHAT TO EXPECT
A highly enjoyable trip to Ireland's southern capital, Cork, visiting the world-renowned Blarney Stone and the Queenstown Story at Cóbh, on Cork Harbour, famous as the Titanic's last port of call. Sit back and enjoy your comfortable train journey at speeds of up to 100 mph as your train glides through the heart of Ireland - a countryside littered with castles!
Check-in is 20 minutes before Train Departure Time.
Customer Service Desk at Heuston Station where the Check-In representative will be in their yellow jacket!
Check-in for 07:00 departure of InterCity train to Cork from Dublin Heuston Station. (Breakfast available Monday - Friday / Snackcar on Saturday)
Your departure station, Dublin Heuston, was opened in 1844 as the headquarters of the Great Southern & Western Railway and is now the official principal station of Iarnród Éireann – Ireland’s national railway company. As your train departs, we travel in a south-westerly direction, passing Inchicore, railway engineering works and then some of Dublin’s western suburbs – soon we are in the lush fertile countryside of County Kildare, Ireland’s Kentucky. Look out for the many stud farms near the track. The train passes through the town of Newbridge, home to the famous Newbridge Silverware.
We now enter the Curragh of Kildare, which soon comes into view on both sides of the line. The Curragh (pronounced: Curra) is famous for its racecourse, home of the Irish Derby. At this time of the morning, you are likely to see some of Ireland's finest bloodstock being put through their paces. The Curragh is also the headquarters of the Irish army and their buildings can be seen in the distance to the east. We pass the town of Kildare, and the Church of Ireland (Protestant) cathedral of St. Brigid’s – completed in 1223 – can be seen to the south (left-hand side when facing the direction of travel). We cross the River Barrow at Monesterevin and enter Co. Laois.
Our train journey makes a stop at Portlaoise. Departing Portlaoise, we soon enter Co. Tipperary and pass the town of Templemore. Shortly after we pass Loughmoe Castle which can be seen on the southern side of the train, built in the 15th century, the Purcell family lived there until 1760. The next stop is in the town of Thurles. At our next stop – Limerick Junction –several clients will be leaving the train for the Cliffs of Moher tour. Please remain on the train for the Cork, Blarney Castle and Cobh Heritage Day Tour!
Our final stop before Cork is in the town of Mallow.
Arrive into Cork Kent Station for 09:35, we transfer to our Railtours Ireland tour coach through Cork City to Blarney Village and historic Blarney Castle and Gardens, built-in 1446 by Dermot Mc Carthy. You will have time to kiss the famous stone, which is said to bestow the gift of eternal eloquence on those lucky enough to do so. There is also time for shopping and lunch at Blarney and we recommend that you have lunch there, as this will be the only opportunity during the day to have a substantial meal.
Depart Blarney Castle for Cóbh, via the city center and a short city tour.
On arrival at Cóbh, we will visit St Colman’s Cathedral. We will then proceed down along the seafront passing the former White Star Line offices en route to the beautifully restored Victorian railway station/transatlantic terminal. This is now the Cóbh Heritage Centre, home to the Queenstown Story. The center also houses much information about the Great Famine and subsequent Irish Emigration; 3 million Irish people emigrated from Cóbh, (principally to the United States) including Annie Moore, whose statue is located in front of the heritage center.
Depart Cóbh by train to return to Dublin.
Returning to Dublin Heuston Station at 20:00hrs.
Visitor Attraction Admissions included: Blarney Castle and Gardens & Cobh Heritage Centre
Can I leave the tour before it returns to Dublin?
Yes. For example, if you wish to leave one of our tours in Galway, you are free to do so. However, please advise your Railtours host on the day, otherwise, they will be worried about you! Please note that there is no refund for any unused portions of the tour.
If you wish to extend your tour and spend an overnight in Cork, Killarney, Galway, and Belfast we can arrange accommodation, subject to availability.
Do you use first class on the train?
We do not use first class on the train as first-class rail transport is extremely limited and available only on certain trains on three routes in Ireland. For operational reasons, all Railtours Ireland customers sit together in a specially reserved car or portion of a car with their host.
I want to go on one of your extended tours – what about luggage?
There are luggage facilities onboard trains & coaches and we try to keep luggage transfers between the trains and coaches to a minimum.
It is recommended that large excess amounts of luggage be stored, perhaps, at your Dublin hotel for the duration of your rail tour. We advise that you only bring what you are comfortable lifting on/off trains & coaches. However, there is no luggage restriction.
How do I get to Ireland?
Getting to Ireland is easy. While we do not offer flights, we recommend Aer Lingus for the widest selection of routes and best value from North America, the UK, Europe, and Australia.
Remember, if you are returning to the USA from Ireland you can take advantage of pre-clearance, which is unique to Ireland, and arrive home as a domestic passenger avoiding the queues at immigration.
You can also take the ferry from The United Kingdom to Ireland.
What sort of people travel on your tours?
Railtours Ireland First Class is what’s known in the travel/tourism industry as a FIT tour product. This means that it attracts “Free Independent Travellers” of all ages and nationalities. What these travelers have in common is a desire to have a unique touring experience in Ireland, one in which they are free to explore Ireland's towns, cities, countryside and attractions at their own pace, while also availing of a wonderfully constructed itinerary and knowledgeable hosts.
Our tours also offer a comfortable and eco-conscious way to explore the island of Ireland without having to drive.
What language are your tours conducted in?
Our tours are conducted in English only. However, we can provide detailed itineraries in all major European languages if we are informed of your requirements in advance. Also, at key visitor attractions in Ireland, multiple language literature is generally available.
Are your tours wheelchair friendly?
As long as you have some mobility, our tours would be suitable for you.
The trains are wheelchair friendly in Ireland however, most coaches are not wheelchair accessible so you would be required to get on and off the coach unaided by Railtours Ireland staff.
If you need extra walking assistance, you may bring a light-weight foldable wheelchair that can be stowed in the luggage compartment. It is with regret that we cannot accommodate mobility scooters on our tours.
Please ensure that you advise us when booking a tour, that you will be using a wheelchair or other medical equipment so that we can make the necessary arrangements in the train stations ahead of time.
Tours visiting Northern Ireland - Any special requirements for tours visiting Belfast, Giants Causeway & Game of Thrones?
On any tour to Belfast or the Giant’s Causeway and Game of Thrones, you will be leaving the Republic of Ireland and entering the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.
Please ensure that your visa requirements are in order, and it is essential that you carry your passport.
We are dedicated to providing a professional and personalized service. It is our intention to operate all tours as advertised. However, due to operational reasons, it may, on occasion, be necessary to alter certain itineraries. We cannot be held liable in the event of an attraction being closed.
We cannot be held responsible for customers not having the correct visa documentation to enter Ireland or Northern Ireland.
We do reserves the right to cancel tours if industrial or other action affects any of the components which make up our tour or if there is insufficient demand. However, all tours that include accommodation are guaranteed departures (unless under very exceptional circumstances).
For any tours that include a flight to the Aran Islands ( Tour - DH11 / DH11AN) the following condition applies: Should weather conditions be such as to curtail flights or ferries, you will be taken on an alternative tour to Connemara and refunded the difference. No further refund available should you decide not to go to Connemara for any reason. Please note that all tours that include a flight to The Aran Islands are subject to availability.
Please note that all guests on extended tours (all tours that include accommodation) are taken to and from Inis Mór by ferry.
We cannot be held responsible for any damage, loss, accident, delay, irregularity, injury to person or property whatsoever or howsoever caused arising out of or in connection with excursion, tour or transfer. Passengers travel at their own risk and our liability for any claim whatsoever is limited only to the price of the tour.
DAY TOURS: 24 hours’ notice prior to the tour departure time must be given in order to get a refund on any day tour.
EXTENDED TOURS: 48 hours’ notice prior to the tour departure time, if the tour includes accommodation (Except for The Emerald Isle Express Tour where 60 days’ notice is required).
GROUP TOURS: 60 days’ notice is required for the cancellation of tours for groups of 10 or more.
ALTERATIONS: Once reservations are confirmed by RTIFC, and after a grace period of 72 Hours (3 days), any alterations to the reservation of extended tours (any tours with accommodation) including but not limited to, change of date, tour change, etc. will be subject to a fee of EURO 49.00 per booking.
"If you miss the train, you miss the tour"
All refunds are subject to a 10% administration charge. We reserve the right to refuse admission to any tour and to terminate a tour if circumstances demand.