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Spike Island - Fantastic

The short boat trip to Spike Island was fantastic. The history of the island was unbelievable. Took... read more

Reviewed yesterday
County Tipperary, Ireland
Family outing

Firstly I'd recommend booking online as it's extremely popular and theres limited availability for... read more

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Waterford, Ireland
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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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Reviewed yesterday

The short boat trip to Spike Island was fantastic. The history of the island was unbelievable. Took the guided tour which was very informative but also had a fun element. Also time to explore the island ourselves, not enough time to see everything, cells, soldiers'...More

Thank dwade4
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Firstly I'd recommend booking online as it's extremely popular and theres limited availability for each time slot. Our guide was both informative and funny and highly entertaining. It takes 3 1/2 hrs but we still didn't see everything. Great day out. Also there's free parking...More

Thank nistkaeo
Reviewed 2 days ago

This island has a fascinating past and is planning for an enterprising future. Noel took us on a guided walk full of island tales of prisoners, militia, mammies coming to the rescue. After the guided tour we had time to explore the island ourselves. Gift...More

Thank 54corrine2017
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good value for money and a good way yo spend an afternoon. Amazing views of the harbour and a nice walk around the island. Tour guide was good and I liked that you could also self guide.

Thank AndiGilly
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Not having done a family trip in years, my parents, my brother and I headed for Cóbh to do the Spike Island Ferry tour and we were not disappointed. We were greeted on the island by the brilliant tour guide Ailbe who gave us a...More

1  Thank rorobenben
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited Spike Island recently and took a guided tour lead by the very knowledgeable Linda. The Island is steeped in history and suitable for all ages. The views of Cobh and Cork harbour are spectacular. Nice cafe but would suggest packing a picnic too....More

Thank Niamh C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Thoroughly enjoyed the boat trip and all the information that Ross, our guide, gave us. However, if you are likely to be in need of a seat during the tour best bring your own! The van for disabled visitors is an option, but for those...More

1  Thank JillCork
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Booked a day in advance to ensure we got going and have to say well worth it. So we arrived picked up tickets and got on boat to take us across to the island arrived and greeted by tour guides and given option of guided...More

1  Thank Jason K
Reviewed 5 days ago

Such a great day trip. We took the guided tour which lasts over an hour and covers such a large amount. The history of the island is long and very varied. We were told a great deal about the past up to present day. We...More

Thank 413Angela
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Absolutely well worth the visit, family trip, family of 5, children aged 13, 10 and 6. Our tour guide was Rob, a very informative guided tour, extremely pleasant man highly recommend and made the tour so enjoyable, do recommend taking guided tour. Thank you Rob

1  Thank Doraoreilly22
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Alice L
31 July 2017|
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Response from John C | Property representative |
Hi there, It is €45 for a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children, and then an additional €10 for another child. We have a 100 seater fully stocked cafe that serves a great variety of hot and cold food and drink. We look... More
Emer A
24 July 2017|
Response from poppyellen83 |
Yes it does
24 July 2017|
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Response from John C | Property representative |
Hi there, We are installing 4 external picnic areas in August 2017 that will compliment the many flat grass areas that are suitable for picnics. We feel this should give many options for any one wishing to visit the island... More