Spike Island, Cork

4.8
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 Cork trip planner.
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  • A trip worth doing again - sooo much to take in ! Guide was very informative & good humoured. Good value for money !  more »
  • We were really looking forward to this day out but unfortunately we were quite disappointed as the tour isn't actually a tour. I double checked the tickets to be sure and it does say Spike Island...  more »
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