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Spike Island

Sitting in the heart of the River Lee, Spike Island is a short ferry trip from Cobh, a 30-minute drive from Cork Airport Hotel. Spanning 104 acres, the island is home to a plethora of activities, open daily from 10AM to 2PM.

In the company of a local Cork crew, the adventure begins from Kennedy Pier amidst the multi-coloured houses and shop fronts of the Victorian heritage town of Cobh. From there, on a brief 15 minutes journey, the ferry weaves its way through work boats and ships on Cork Harbour, surrounded by wildlife from seals to birds, as views of the island draw closer and closer.

Once on the island, visitors are treated to 360 degree views of silver-blue waters, open skies and rolling hills. During an action-packed, fun-filled and immersive experience, visitors learn about this island’s varied past as a home, fortress and a prison at the heart of the second largest harbour in the world!

Learn about the diverse roles Spike Island has played as a 7th century monastic site, as a fortress during the periods of the Napoleonic and American revolutions and as a prison for master and petty criminals from Victorian times, until 2004.

Prepare to be intrigued by the true stories of real people who lived on this island for more than 200 years; from the navy, military, prison guards and their families, to the prisoners, whose thwarted lives are shared with both stark honesty and compassion. Prices include ferry, guided tour, full island access and return ferry. Cafe and gift shop on site.

To find out more highlights and amazing facts about Spike Island, click here.

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.


There are different tours available for guests to choose, each differing in terms of length, depth of information and price. Visit the Spike Island website to see what package best suits your needs.

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