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Spike Island, Cobh

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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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  • Amazing day out! We throughly enjoyed our visit to the Island. Our guide John G was very interesting and easy to listen to, he gave us a fantastic tour before we got to go in and explore the fort for....  more
    Amazing day out! We throughly enjoyed our visit to the Island. Our guide John G was very interesting and easy to listen to, he gave us a fantastic tour before we got to go in and explore the fort for....  more »
  • This was a fabulous trip with a terrific guide (John G) and so much to see! The only problem was not having enough time to see everything! Sombre moments in the Punishment Block, fascinating exhibits....  more
    This was a fabulous trip with a terrific guide (John G) and so much to see! The only problem was not having enough time to see everything! Sombre moments in the Punishment Block, fascinating exhibits....  more »
  • 3 hours flew by...could have done with more. Will have to come back. Great experience for all the family. Great day out. 
    3 hours flew by...could have done with more. Will have to come back. Great experience for all the family. Great day out.  more »
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  • Very old jail. No prisoners taken anymore.
  • Would go back again
  • Should visit the island.
  • Super trip for everybody of you get the chance should be done
  • Great experience. Great tour from Karl. Really interesting pieces and well preserved.

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