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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. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Cork holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Spike Island and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This has to be one of the most amazing historical location visits. Rich in history and well preserved military infrastructure (18c & 19c). I spent over three hours on the island, but unfortunately thi...  more »
  • Very impressed with our recent trip to Spoke Island, thought it was good value for money, very informative and thought our guide Adam was patient with the kids I have been to Alcatraz and thought that...  more »
  • After many positive reviews, we decided we had to set out to go here as part of our holiday and I'm so glad we did! Not only is the boat ride fun but if you have outdoors-y kids, they will love going ...  more »

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Where to stay in Cork

A destination in and of itself, Cork City has a dense center with plenty of hotels and hostels. Head north of the city center for affordable options like mid-range hotels and guesthouses. From here, you can walk or bike to all of the sights in the heart of the city. If everything is booked, or if you've simply come to explore the city's surrounding nature, check out the campgrounds about ten minutes from the center of town by car. There are also a number of charming bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and other pensions in the outskirts, which can be a good option if you're using the city as a base for exploring the sights of Cork County.
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