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Spike Island, Cobh

Must see · 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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  • Recently visited spike island and it was a great experience. Our tour guide Rob was very knowledgeable and made the experience very enjoyable. Would recommend.  more »
  • Fantastic day out. Very informative. The displays are excellent. Only thing is that the boat was about 10 minutes late leaving waiting for people strolling along to board. That time is needed to...  more »
  • Such a fantastic little trip, we got on an early boat there and the tour guide was brilliant, rob was his name I would 100% recommend anyone to do this even Families with young kids or anyone just...  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.
  • Great day out
  • Nice historical place to visit. Knowledgeable tour guide
  • Wonderful experience definitely worth it

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