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Spike Island

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Address: Cork, Ireland
Phone Number:
+085 851 8818
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 14:00
Sat 12:00 - 13:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Spike Island has over 1300 years of Irish history with the Island being...

Spike Island has over 1300 years of Irish history with the Island being used as an Island Monastery, Fortress, Prison and Island home. Today the island can be reached by Ferry from heritage town Cobh, where Irelands best storytellers take visitors on a fully guided tour of the outer island and Fortress.

Attractions include the 1850's prison cells from a time when Spike Island was the largest prison in the world, with over 2300 inmates. There are the 1980's prison cells, Ireland's largest artillery gun park and several penal, military and social history museums.

With activities for children and families and guided and self guided tours, Spike Island has something for everyone. Groups welcome, audioguides in French, German and English, and tours available specific to the UK, German, Australian, U.S and French visitors by pre-booking.

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Great day out

This is definitely a tour not to miss. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the day and I am planning on heading back again because I didn't get to see everything when I was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is definitely a tour not to miss. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the day and I am planning on heading back again because I didn't get to see everything when I was there. The tour guide was fantastic and had a lot of stories about the place and he was very entertaining.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent tour by John Flynn, very knowledgable tour guide in Cobh. Would definitely recommend this tour and can't wait to go back and experience an after-dark tour!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had the pleasure of being on the first trip of the year to visit ( FORT MITCHEL) Spike Island . The history of the place was fascinating, the tour guide Noel was very informative . Would highly recommend a visit , you get a boat ride across the harbour. That in itself was an adventure. The trip takes about... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just returned from a lovely afternoon @ Spike Island. The mini adventure began with a short boat ride from Cobh harbour to Spike island, Once there we spent a while as a group learning about the history of the Island and its former ancient prisons etc We were then allowed to walk around by ourselves, there was so many enjoyable... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just returned from an afternoon on Spike Island which we thoroughly enjoyed. The guides were friendly and very informative. It has such a varied and interesting history it's a day out that every age group would appreciate and enjoy.

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Thank Maria K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great historic place. Guides are very informative and approachable. Informational tour and great views of the harbor from the island and of the colorful houses of Cobh from the ferry. When we were there the Navy was maneuvering and there was a sailboat armada. July 2016.

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Thank Barbara M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is probably one of the best tours I have ever been on. All the tour guides were brilliant (as we had 2 small children we had to dip in and out of the tours so we heard about 3 different guides :) ) I was amazed at the amount of history on the island - it is really a... More 

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Cork
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Liz was our guide - she was very knowledgeable & passionate about the history of the island. It's very much a history walk, with lots to learn about the island & the harbour. We were lucky with the weather but wrap up & have layers for all eventualities as the weather can be unpredictable. There are no facilities for food... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting tour - there's a lot to see on Spike Island. The history of the place is captivating- From Little Nellie to Patrick Kelly to John Mitchell to the prison riots of more recent times. The buildings are fascinating as are the fun collection and the cannon. John Flynn was an excellent guide who is very passionate about his... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

John was a great Tour Guide .. very knowledgeable and obviously passionate about the history of Spike Island. It was a fabulous morning and definitely a site I will visit again. All in all, a great day with a great deal of interesting history. Thanks John.

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