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Spike Island Tours

In the last 1300 years Spike Island has been host to a 7th 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.  It was the largest prison in the world at the time and there has never been a larger prison in Ireland or Britain before or since.  Discover more about our rich history and colourful characters here.

Travel Information:

Spike Island is reached by ferry from Kennedy pier, Cobh.

Heritage town Cobh is just 24 minutes by train or 25 minutes by car from Cork city centre.

Parking is recommended at the Five Foot Way (15 minute walk) or Cobh Cathderal car park (15 minute walk).

Allow at least 20 minutes to park and walk to the ferry. The ferry must leave on time and cannot wait, there are no refunds for late arrivals.

Cafe and toilet facilities located on the island. Allow up to 3.5 hours per visit. Longer / shorter visits on request.

For groups of 15 or more, phone (021) 237 3455 to secure space, group rates available, or email

For bus from Cork city - Cobh please contact the bus station or our concierge team will be more than happy to assist with booking.