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“Great day out”
Review of Spike Island

Spike Island
Ranked #1 of 168 things to do in Cork
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great visit to the island. We were surprised initially at how long they gave you over there(3.5 hrs) but it was just enough time. We took the guided tour which was very interesting

Thank wandabayley
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great day out had a great tour guide JOHN G would recommend the trip with family or friends thanks guys kevin n

Thank podger111
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great day out on the island, did the self-guided tour and had just enough time to get back to the ferry. Very fascinating place, highly recommended!

Thank Eileen C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my 5th time to Ireland but first time to go to Spike Island. Sorry we missed this on previous visits. What an interesting place with so much history. Chris was our tour guide and was not only knowledgeable but a wonderful personality.

Thank Melissa H
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An absolutely fantastic day out and brilliant value. Stay with your guide as they bring your around and share the history of Spike with you. Some great stories and facts that really gives you an understanding of the area. We had John G and I have to say he was brilliant. Funny, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I would 100% recommend this.

Thank Rob M
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