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Spike Island, Cobh

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Island · Nature / Park
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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  • Visited here recently with our family. We took the guided tour at the start which was delivered by Karl. He was very enthusiastic and seemed genuinely interested in what he was doing. He was very...  more »
  • What a spectacular Cork attraction. No.1 in my book. Our day out started with sunshine in colourful Cobh, we couldn't have asked for a better day. The ferry (all travellers were wearing masks) was.....  more »
  • Should visit the island.
  • I loved it. It’s a great place to visit and the tour guide is very knowledgeable, very republican as well which is good. The views are amazing and the history is impressive. I’ll definitely be back when it’s sunny.

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