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Spike Island

Often listed as one of the top 10 things to do in Cork, Spike Island is one of the top things to see in Cork. In the last 1300 years Spike Island has been host to a 6th century Monastery, a 24 acre Fortress, the largest convict depot in the world in Victorian times and centuries of island homes.  The island’s rich history has included monks and monasteries, rioters and redcoats, captains and convicts and sinners and saints.

Today the island is dominated by the 200-year-old Fort Mitchel, the star shaped Fortress which became a prison holding over 2300 prisoners.  Tourists can take the scenic ferry ride from Kennedy Pier, Cobh, and enjoy a fully guided tour of the island and fortress. Get captured in the history and mystery of this magical heritage island. Spike Island was also winner of Europe’s leading tourist attraction 2017 at the world travel awards!

On mainland Cobh, there are many other attractions to choose from including a Titanic Experience and more. A visit to Spike Island is well worth the trip and highly recommended during your visit to Cork.

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