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Spike Island

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Address: | Kennedy Pier, Cobh, 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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Spike Island Tour

I recently visited Spike Island and took the option to avail of the tour guide John Flynn. He was excellent. I would strongly recommend that anyone visiting the Island use John... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

I recently visited Spike Island and took the option to avail of the tour guide John Flynn. He was excellent. I would strongly recommend that anyone visiting the Island use John as he really has a great deal of history and knowledge of the island to pass on. Although so much work has already been done to rebuild sites on... More 

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There is so much to see and learn on Spike. We had great day out and it was very reasonable. Would recommend to take the guided tour- our tour guide John O Flynn was excellent -very patient and pasionate about the history of the island and its connections across the world.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

spike is a good place to visit if your ever in cobh co cork drop in it once was a young offender detention centre but now its a big attraction and popular place see for you self

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I went to Spike Island on Easter Sunday 2017. What a fantastic day! The area is steeped in history and our tour guide, Elizabeth, was super knowledgeable which made the experience a lot more interesting. 6 of us went to Spike and 6 of us came back with the same sentiments on the day. I will definitely be back for... More 

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Had a fantastic trip to spike island today. It is steeped in history. Our tour guide John oflynn was fab and extremely knowledgeable of the island and fortress. We had a lovely boat trip over and back and the weather was great too. There is a lovely cafe there to get drinks and snacks too. We could've stayed there all... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I went on the Spike Island Tour on Easter Monday and we were very impressed by the whole experience. We arrived on the Island after a scenic boat trip from Cobh. We were met on Sike by our tour guide ( Elizabeth Cronin ) who gave us a superb 90 Minute guided tour of the Island and... More 

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Had an amazing day out here today with the kids. John our tour guide was very knowledgeable on the history of the island and was well able to take the tour and answer questions and even the kids took in what was going on. We walked around ourselves and we could have spent another few hours there. It's a great... More 

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We went to Spike Island yesterday and the boat trip and tour was brilliant, we had a guide called Elizabeth and she had loads of knowledge about the island and of Cobh, the buildings are fancinating and there is plenty to see and explore there including the abandoned village just outside the fort, well worth a day trip but book... More 

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We visited Spike Island last weekend and it was very enjoyable from the boat trip over to our friendly and informative tour guide Felicity.She provided us with excellent comprehensive information about this historical and very interesting amenity on our doorstop.The guided tour is a must to fully understand the deep rooted history of the island.The tour lasted for around an... More 

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Today I visited Spike Island with my family and it was fascinating. We had a tour guide named Elizabeth who squeezed in as much information as she could in the time. She clearly has a keen interest in her job because it was potraid in the tour (which I would 100% recommend doing then just heading off on your own).... More 

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