Spike Island

Spike Island, Cobh: Hours, Address, Spike Island Reviews: 4.5/5

Spike Island
4.5
11:00 - 17:00
Monday
11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 17:00
Thursday
11:00 - 17:00
Friday
11:00 - 17:00
Saturday
11:00 - 17:00
Sunday
11:00 - 17:00
About
REOPEN MAY 31ST 2021 - Discover Ireland's Captains & Convicts, Rebels and Rioters & Sinners and Saints at Spike Island Cork, Ireland's historic island. Voted Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction of 2017! The Island is located off the coast of Cobh in Cork harbour & has over 1300 years of Irish history. From an island monastery & 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, 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. Audio guides available.
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Ted L
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Brilliant day at spike
Jun 2021 • Family
We were over on spike today with our 2 kids aged 3 and 9, they absolutely loved it, from the boat over to the guided tour from John G, very informative and put in a little humour, would definitely recommend it, 3 hours flew by you would easily spend another hour or 2 over there. Thanks again everyone
Written 12 June 2021
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Vinny D
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First time on Spike Island and our enitre group enjoyed the day.
Jun 2021
We went with a group and a great day was had by all. Karl was our guide. He was very funny and enthusiastic. This experience is relatively new and will only get better with more funding and development.
Written 12 June 2021
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Lynn T
County Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
Fantastic Day Out
Jun 2021
Our tour guide was great, he gave such an interesting talk. The whole experience was very chilled and relaxing with stunning views and so much to see and learn.
Written 12 June 2021
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Deborah M
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Spike Island
Jun 2021
Fantastic day out ! Our tour guide was Karl, unreal knowledge and very enthusiastic! Would highly recommend Spike Island, only wish we had a little longer. Will definitely return. Wishing all the staff who work there all the best and well done for their hard work, commitment and dedication.
Written 11 June 2021
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Jim R
2 contributions
Brilliant day
Jun 2021 • Family
Great day out
Tour guide was John G and very knowledgeable and entertaining
Would recommend to anyone interested in history
Written 9 June 2021
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Ray M
2 contributions
My first trip to Spike Island
May 2021 • Family
Yesterday we visited Spike Island for the first time. We had a fantastic couple of hours there. Karl was our tour guide when we arrived. He was great at his job and told the history brilliantly. After the tour we got to spend a few hours walking around the island. Although the weather wasn’t great it didn’t dampen the fun we had. We will be going back
Written 9 June 2021
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Jenny W
1 contribution
Unusual day out
Jun 2021 • Family
We had a great guide named Karl, really knew his history and made it all very interesting, had good tips to get to see all the exhibits, he was very funny
Written 8 June 2021
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THELIMERICKROADIE1
12 contributions
Well worth visiting.
May 2021 • Family
Really enjoyed everything about the place. Easy access over to the island and our tour guide Rob was very helpful and full of knowledge and stories about the area. Would definitely go back again, highly recommend visiting Spike island .
Written 8 June 2021
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Paul T
2 contributions
Amazing, great value, Karl tour guide 5 stars.
Jun 2021 • Family
June 7th. Don't miss the free tour guide, so informative, centuries of Irish and world history. Karl our tour guide was amazing and so patient when our young kids asked questions.
We thought that with 3 1/2 hours how would will fill the time but we could have stayed most of the day it was so good.
All the staff were very nice and professional.
Written 8 June 2021
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Martin H
3 contributions
Excellent tour, best one in Munster by far.
May 2021 • Couples
Probably one of the best and most enjoyable tours I have ever done in my life, I have taken the Spike Island tour now about 3 times and not only do I not ever get sick of it, I learn something new each and every time. The location is beautiful, the boat trip over is very comfortable and extremely enjoyable, the guys on the boat and absolute gents and the tour guides are all very friendly and so polite, and I would like to give special mention to one of the tour guides Karl, who was very funny, very knowledgeable, very friendly and a perfect gentleman. The facilities were brilliant and the exhibits around the island were very cool and the views were unbelievable. It’s a shame I can only give it 5 stars because it deserves so much more. There is a spooky and creepy vibe around the modern cell block which I though made the place much more interesting and exciting and the punishment block was very scarily quiet when we were there and made us really feel how bad a place it must have been for prisoners there which also made it very real and exciting. Heard some really funny stories too which broke up the sort of potentially boring history of one should find it boring at all but there’s not a thing to be bored by on this island as everything is so interesting and the tour guides keep you hooked on the tour the whole time. Rarely have I seen your guides that can hold a crowd as well as the spike island guides can do day in day out. Will totally be doing it again in the future and hopefully it will not be too long before I do it again.
Written 8 June 2021
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