Spike Island, Cork

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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 Cork trip planner .
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  • Our tour to spike island was so cool perfect fun creepy and so much history that you wouldn't think such interesting stories and such a good tour our tour guides John and adam were absolutely perfect ...  more »
  • Of course we had to go on the coldest night of the year ....groan ..must have been minus 5 it was bitter but even with the cold and horrendous wind it was definitely a night to remember and a night id...  more »
  • Just finished a fantastic tour of Spike Island...and despite the biting wind and snow flurries, it was great. Wrap up warm as it's an exposed area. Huge thanks to John G. for making it an entertaining...  more »

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