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Spike Island

Cork, Ireland
+353 85 851 8818
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School tour

My son's school tour was FANTASTIC here today.I highly recommend Spike Island.Our Tour guide John... read more

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Ca U
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Wonderful

First visit to Spike Island and enjoyed every minute of it. Made all the better by our wonderful... read more

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Discover Ireland's Captains & Convicts, Rebels and Rioters & Sinners and Saints at Spike Island Cork, 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 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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“boat trip” (97 reviews)
“our tour guide” (144 reviews)
“dark tour” (21 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Cork, Ireland
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+353 85 851 8818
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My son's school tour was FANTASTIC here today.I highly recommend Spike Island.Our Tour guide John Flynn was outstanding.The kids and I had a ball

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Reviewed yesterday

First visit to Spike Island and enjoyed every minute of it. Made all the better by our wonderful Guide Liz, she was excellent and made the place come to life. Great experience. Trudy

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Reviewed 2 days ago

For myself and my partner is was only 37.90 euro which is great value for getting a boat out to the island and back to Cobh, to spend up to 3 hours on the island exploring it yourself and a guided tour as well. I...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spike Island is honestly a fantastic experience. Having lived in Cork all my life and never been before I can't believe how much history I was missing out just on our doorstep! Spike Island is an extremely fascinating place filled with history which was expertly...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Myself and a few friends decided to head out to Spike Island and be tourists in our own county! What a decision!! Everyone in Cork should visit this island! Thanks to our very knowledgeable and welcoming tour guide John Flynn we gained an extremely valuable...More

1  Thank aoifegolden1998
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a wonderful trip to spike and thankfully the weather was on our side. We had Liz as our tour guide and she was amazing. Her knowledge and love for the island is clear. She adds stories from people who lived on the island which...More

2  Thank Eofly
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had a great tour guide John Flynn, reams of history on the island and John is extremely knowledgeable! He made it fun and interesting. We watched the Film Young offenders, very apt. Could do with more comfortable seating and higher seats as you go towards...More

Thank Dave O
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I went along to a movie night on Spike island and goodness we scored well with John, our tour guide. He is passionate about the history on the island and that came through in every part of his talking. I am definitely going back to...More

Thank Aimee S
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Travelled here on a gorgeous sunny afternoon. We had the option of touring the island on our own or to be involved in a guided tour with John. We chose the guided tour and we couldn't have been happier! The information John provided was unbelievable....More

Thank Merissa F
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were unfortunate with the weather but even so had a great day. We would have been happy to spend at least another hour or more on the island. Our guide John Goulding was very well informed but more importantly he was able to impart...More

Thank Jacqueline R
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ocsoccergirl
18 May 2018|
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Response from John C | Property representative |
Hi there, we have tour guides meeting every single boat that arrives to the island. All visitors are met and given a short induction and welcome, and given the option to join the guided tour or self guide. If you had 15 or... More
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Sheppard99
3 May 2018|
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Response from John C | Property representative |
Yes, the boat crew will assist and the island is stroller friendly, with very few stairs and just one sharp hill on the way into the fort. There is also a bus on site to help get from the pier to the fort if you like... More
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loxley108
17 April 2018|
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Response from John C | Property representative |
Hi Loxley, with the boat journey taking 20 to 40 minutes, and the guided tour 1 hour approx, you would have around 1 1/2 to 2 hours left over. We have several museums, exhibitions, external viewing and walking areas and... More
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