Spike Island, Cork

4.8
#1 of 16 in Nature in County Cork
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 Cork trip planner .
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  • Excellent historical guided tour. So impressed with our tour guide Ciara - so knowledgeable! Would definitely go back again to do walking routes. Didn’t have time with our structured bus tour. So glad...  more »
  • Omg it's brill went with my daughter I loved it . I've a bad back played its tollbut worth it tour guide was very informative we nearly jumped out our skins with the hop as u went into the cells it wa...  more »
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