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This was just amazing. We went on the afternoon tour and the guide was just brilliant. We got to do... read more

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Wendy O
Waterford, Ireland
Great thing to do just out of Cork

Easy to get to Cobh from Cork by train. Then the whole experience was full of interest and things... 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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Cork, Ireland
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 24 September 2011

Spike Island is an island in the middle of Cork Harbour. It is only accessible by ferry from the town of Cobh. The island is marketed as Ireland's Alcatraz which is a tilt to the fact that at a time it was a transit prison...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 18 August 2013

Hi, my friends and I were in Cobh on Sunday 18th August 2013. Here’s a brief summary of my complaint against “Spike Island Tours” operating from a kiosk on the pier, but there’s more detail below. Summary -if you buy a ferry-only ticket from “Spike...More

29  Thank col2000
TitanicCobh, Operator of Guided Tours at Spike Island, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2013

Thank you for your recent comprehensive narrative on your experience on Spike Island. We regret that you did not enjoy your trip. There are 5 ferry departures to the Island every day. The 11am departure which returns at 12.30pm The 12 noon returning at 1.30pm...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This was just amazing. We went on the afternoon tour and the guide was just brilliant. We got to do a little exploring on our own but we didn't get to see it all, so now we have an excuse to go back. Next time...More

Thank Wendy O
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Easy to get to Cobh from Cork by train. Then the whole experience was full of interest and things to see. Clearly they are constantly improving the attraction. We had a Keira giving us the tour and she was very knowledgeable and kept it interesting...More

Thank 863henryw
Reviewed 2 days ago

A very interesting tour with informative guides. I was impressed by the depth and variety of history provided. The views of the bay are terrific!

Thank 711nathanj
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A very interesting trip with lots to see and do! Karl was a great tour guide and we had great fun, even though it was raining for the majority

Thank Jamie S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Karl was super funny and friendly throughout the whole tour :) i learned loads and had a great time despite the rain

Thank Wander36923798779
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very informative and enjoyable tour. I would recommend it to everyone 😊 nice cafe there also. We went and had soup which was lovely on a cold day like today ☂️🤗

Thank magdajarzab
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great day was had by all. Thoroughly enjoyed it and our tour guide Karl was excellent. Very interesting with plenty to see there.

Thank Chloe L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

When we booked the tickets, we wondered how you could spend more than an hour on a small island. However, by the time we were boarding the little boat back to Cobh, we were already planning our next trip. You start with a great guided...More

Thank Irish_Lights_Up
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went to Ireland as a family vacation. We visited Spike Island, honestly at first I wasn't sure I was going to love it. 3 hours to walk around this place? Well by the end I realized I could've used more time. I'd you go...More

1  Thank Josh K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting. As a prison for much of its life, some fairly heavy topics are covered. Rob, our tour guide, was great. He was able to give us a laugh when we needed an upper. After the guided tour (which you can choose to opt...More

1  Thank Heather P
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27 August 2018|
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Response from dramajoan | Reviewed this property |
No apart from guide dogs.dogs aren’t allowed on island . It’s on this page just above where they mention voucher. It’s on the main spike island website
Alan F
7 August 2018|
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Response from Eimear R | Reviewed this property |
Hi Alan, tour guide told us yesterday it's because the natural rock on the island was formed in such a way and much higher than sea level in the shape of a spike
Glenda F
18 July 2018|
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Response from John C | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely and no charge for your 2 year old, just reserve a seat when booking. We have child friendly displays, lots of safe open spaces and even a free fairy fortress trail map, which they can pick up in the gift shop and... More