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Spike Island

Cork, Ireland
+353 85 851 8818
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brilliant tour

great for student groups- well worth it. Take the tour and enjoy the excellent cafe too. best place... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cork, Ireland
Was great

Went with friends and family to see this wonderful place that sits in Cobh amazing to see and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks 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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“our tour guide” (138 reviews)
“dark tour” (17 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Cork, Ireland
+353 85 851 8818

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great for student groups- well worth it. Take the tour and enjoy the excellent cafe too. best place on sunny day

Thank 818cork1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with friends and family to see this wonderful place that sits in Cobh amazing to see and travel over on a boat was good in joyed it all

Thank jacksweeney1993
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely fantastic well worth visiting a great day out and the guides were excellent very reasonably priced

Thank K3254SGjohno
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Each year I go back it has even more to show. Kids love the ferry out and the ability to wander around at your leisure. The displays and the exhibits were very good.

Thank IrishCouple
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were so lucky with the weather the day we did this tour. It was gorgeous and this island is a wonderful place to be when the weather is lovely. The views are spectacular. Every part of this tour was great, we all really enjoyed...More

Thank Maria B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is amazing- absolutely steeped in history, living in cobh for 30+ years looking over at it so it was amazing to be there

Thank Maritime14
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 7 January 2018

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 3 January 2018

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
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Questions & Answers
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