Spike Island, Cork

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#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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  • Very very good !. Highly recommend a visit and a tour guide when you visit. Very interesting just don't go when there's a cruise ship in.  more »
  • The tour of Spike Island needs to be booked online, in advance, for a nominated date and time of day. The booking includes the 10 - 20 minutes ferry journey from the Cobh township (more or less next d...  more »
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