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Spike Island, Cobh

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View a defensive fort, prison cells, and gun emplacements at Spike Island, an island considered to be "Ireland's Alcatraz." In the seventh century, this island was the site of a monastic settlement. Over the years, it took on different roles because of its strategic placement in the harbor. It has been used as a location for smugglers and prisoners and as a military base. Take a ferry from the mainland to tour this famous island. Learn about the area's many historic sites, including its fort and prison where IRA prisoners were held until their escape in 1921. Plan to see Spike Island and other attractions that appeal to you using our Cobh trip planner.
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  • A fantastic place to visit, the tour is partially guided and self guided you cha choose weather to dive into the rich history of Ireland or just walk the grounds at your pace. There is so much to see....  more
    A fantastic place to visit, the tour is partially guided and self guided you cha choose weather to dive into the rich history of Ireland or just walk the grounds at your pace. There is so much to see....  more »
  • A lot to see. Worth the trip just for the views. Lots of walking required. The guide was excellent and knowledgeable bit walked too fast uphill. 
    A lot to see. Worth the trip just for the views. Lots of walking required. The guide was excellent and knowledgeable bit walked too fast uphill.  more »
  • A fantastic trip, very interesting and great views. Our guide Kevin was very knowledgeable and brought the place to life. We did the walk around first, but by the time we got into the fort we were a.....  more
    A fantastic trip, very interesting and great views. Our guide Kevin was very knowledgeable and brought the place to life. We did the walk around first, but by the time we got into the fort we were a.....  more »
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  • Spike Island was an amazing piece of history. We had the best guide call Rob from spike island tours. He was knowledgeable and it was very informative. It was a lovely experience going over on the boat, then being able to walk freely around the island.
  • A place I would highly recommend visiting. Full of History, the tour we had allowed for 3hrs on spike island however that time flies and 3 hours just doesn't seem long enough , we stayed for a bit of a guided tour to get some of the history of the place.
  • Fabulous place to visit, Fascinating history throughout the ages. Our guide Anna was excellent! Delighted we decided to come here . Walks around the island are gorgeous with wonderful 360 degrees views.
  • Good place to spend 3 hours of time. It started with a 10 minutes boat ride from Cobh to Spike Island. There will be a free guided tour for 40 minutes in which they will explain why this fort was built and how it was used during British and Irish. After the short introduction we have a option to take a trail outside the prison which will take 30 minutes max and then rest of the time you can spend inside seeing the history of the prison. You can see different types of guns used for defense, different weapons and dresses used by military people. Also you can experience the dark room which was used a punishment cell during British era and modern prison also. Overall it is good place to visit once and learn about the history.
  • Fantastic day from the friendly staff at the ticket station to the stunning ferry trip and whoever said the trip being 3 hours is too long no way I'd definitely have liked longer so much to see and explore. Our guide was fantastic so informative Aine and the staff in restaurant so friendly and we had a lunch and cake and drinks 4 of us for 50euro and it was gorgeous. I will definitely visit again just for the views alone and so much history amazing thanks to everyone involved from ferry staff to cleaners best day trip over had in Ireland in years.

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