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We travelled here last week and all I can say it "wow".... from the moment we set foot on the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Katie O
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Night Tour

We went to spike island and did the night time tour. This tour was so enjoyable and informative... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Voted Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction 2017! Spike Island of the coat of Cobh in Cork harbour has over 1300 years of Irish history. From the island monastery and fortress to the world's largest prison in the 1850's and centuries of island homes. Your journey starts with a ferry ride before Ireland's best storytellers take you on a guided tour of the outer island and fortress. You can then self explore our prison cells, fortress, beautiful island walks and also use our on-site cafe. Attractions include the 1850's punishment block with its dark cells, the 1980's prison cells and riot exhibition, 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.
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  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Cork, Ireland

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We travelled here last week and all I can say it "wow".... from the moment we set foot on the island we were very well looked after!! Our guide John Flynn was superb a world of knowlegde and very friendly!! Highly recommend him as a...More

Thank Katie O
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to spike island and did the night time tour. This tour was so enjoyable and informative. Enjoyed every minute of it, especially the tunnels. The candle light in the cells made it special also. Very authentic. Would recommend wrapping up well as it...More

Thank Under_the_sea_shell
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had heard many positive reviews from friends and family about this tour so I was looking forward to this one. Our guide, John, was really enthusiastic and knowledgeable about history in Cobh and Spike and the facts he shared prior to and during the...More

Thank ciaramc82
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Scenic and beautiful. There is an on sight cafe as well as a small football field outside the walls to the right. You would spend almost the full day here if the weather is good. Beautiful high walks around the fort walls. Bring binoculars to...More

Thank NickCassidyCork
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting tour, a good 2 hour tour, anyone nervous of small boats and water may need to rethink as you get to spike island itself via boat. Enjoyable, definitely worth a visit. Reasonable price for tour. Nice informative tour guide.

Thank Nikki B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were collected from pier in Cobh and brought out to the island with guides. Absolutely fantastic informative tour, can’t wait to go back. One of the best tourist attractions I’ve ever gone to. The guides were so passionate and knew so much about the...More

Thank Roisin B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lucky that the day we went there the weather was excelent and we had great views of the whole harbour.

Thank dan41972
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The only issue we had was we did not leave enough time !! It was a great trip from the ferry ride to excellent tour guide. Very interesting stories ranging from a fort to a prison. Our entire family (9 to 70+) had a great...More

Thank Ger O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fascinating star fort dug into the solid rock by long dead convicts. This fort guarded the best natural harbor in the northern hemisphere. Later used as a staging post for those early involuntary Australian immigrants Beg to see the sea facing gun emplacements on the...More

Thank Ed_D199
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We kept promising to go to spike, so finally we got there and what a pleasant surprise! There was 3 kids and 5 adults the trip over in boat was lovely for kids, and when we got to island we had choice of guided tour...More

Thank mairek1
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Lori F
4 January 2018|
Response from John C | Property representative |
HI Lori, you can certainly stay longer if you wish. If you travel at 12, simply advise the guide after your tour or any guide that you came in on the 12pm boat but wish to go out on the 5.30 sailing. They can advise you if... More
Lori F
3 January 2018|
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Response from John C | Property representative |
Hi Lori, there is a gift shop on Spike Island. It sells branded Spike Island products that cannot be bought elsewhere. The Titanic Experience Cobh is right beside the ferry departure point for Spike Island. It is... More
19 August 2017|
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Response from Jadeylaylajo | Reviewed this property |
I'm actually not too sure