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Under the radar gem!!! Who New we had place like this in Ire!

Had heard about island obviously over the years but never anything about tours. Ended up on tour... read more

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Philip O
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Excellent tour well worth visit.will go back to do after dark tour.tour guide Elizabeth was... read more

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Perth, Australia
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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 available. See the website for sailings.
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“boat trip” (57 reviews)
“guided tour” (117 reviews)
“naval base” (13 reviews)
Closes in 28 min
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had heard about island obviously over the years but never anything about tours. Ended up on tour almost by accident as got around fota wildlife a lot quicker then expected. Would 100% recommend a trip. When we arrived barely on time we hopped on boat....More

Thank Philip O
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Excellent tour well worth visit.will go back to do after dark tour.tour guide Elizabeth was excellent so knowledgeable and passionate about history

Thank modriscoll
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

You start the tour at the Cobb Getty and take about a 15 minute boat journey from the mainland to the island. It's great way for children and adults to learn a bit of history and if your lucky with the weather it's great to...More

Thank tilerIreland
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I had a fabulous day at Spike Island. Our amazing tour guide John G was awesome! Personable, and friendly and sharp on history! They want to continue to improve the island, restore MORE history, and have asked for some ideas. I'd recommend...More

Thank Susan A
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is in my top five attractions in Ireland. The history is unusual and multi-layered from the famine to the Rising and the present day. Beautifully laid out with a lovely boat ride from Cobh to enjoy there. The well stocked café is a great...More

Thank CorkFoodLover84
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Tourist Information in Cork are sadly not up to speed on this amazing place to visit as I they referred me to the web site. I did and I booked, a little apprehensive that the stated 3.5 hours was a long time if we found...More

Thank gaudihotel
Reviewed 5 days ago

Fabulous, informative and interesting guided tour from an enthusiastic John G preceded a couple of hours to wander around at leisure. So much history in a small island given its' strategic importance historically. The 3 and a half hours allowed flew by and it has...More

Thank Barboon
Reviewed 6 days ago

Experienced a wonderful relaxing visit to Spike Island by boat. You are offered a guided tour of the island or explore by your self. Well worth the time spent to experience this historic island. It is situated just off Cobh and visible from the Cobh...More

Thank Patrick-Frances M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Just back from a wonderful trip to Spike Island . The boat trip was wonderful granted we had super weather today . Thanks to Our tour guide Elizabeth , she was outstanding ! Her knowledge and history of the island kept us all engrossed in...More

Thank DeeJohn12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent tour, well-versed Tour Guide John G. You'd need at LEAST 3 Hours on the island to see everything. Most of it's outdoors, not a place to bring young kids as the ones in our tour group spent 99% of the time winging about how...More

Thank peterrahillennis
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Eugene N
What month does it start and how much is the boat trips
31 January 2017|
Response from John C | Property representative |
Hi there, We will restart tours in March and April although we will be limited to weekends only, although groups of 15 or more can book at any time. We will be open 7 days again from May to September with up to 6 sailings a... More
Everything as im going on 10th July
10 June 2016|
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Response from Marabiloso | Reviewed this property |
Cobh is a small town, and the interesting part is mostly within the triangle from the Heritage Centre, the Cathedral and the Titanic Garden (which is more a pilgrimage than a real attraction...), so the best way to see all... More
Maxine C
How do I get there using public transportation
31 March 2016|
Response from Bernd T |
The principal public transport link to Cobh is the train from Cork Kent Station (see the Irishrail website for the timetable). The ferry pier for Spike Island is in walking distance from Cobh Station.