Discover Captains and Convicts and Sinners and Saints at Ireland’s prison island, voted Europe’s Leading tourist attraction of 2017!  Spike Island Cork has over 1300 years of rich Irish history having once been home to the world’s largest prison, an island fortress, a remote monastery and centuries of social life.  Today the island can be visited by a short and scenic ferry ride from beautiful Cobh.  On the island, visitors can take the guided tour, use an audioguide or explore the island’s 104 acres using the free map and app.  

Discover prison cells, the military Fortress, exhibitions, and several museums and scenic island walks.  There is a 100 seater cafe on site for tea, coffee, and snacks, and a minibus to carry passengers from the pier to the Fortress.  Suitable for all age ranges and interests, a visit can be as short as 2 hours or you could easily spend all day wandering the island. With strong links to the UK, US, France, Germany, and Australia, discover your connection and uncover the past at Fortress Spike Island

The company also offers intimate experiences not for the faint hearted. Join one of the after dark tours and immerse yourself in the chilling history that haunts this beautiful island habitat. Walk through the eerie chambers of the Punishment Block, a prison built with the sole purpose of punishing human beings, built in mysterious underground tunnels and cells that are sure to chill as much as they excite.

Other displays worth exploring include a visit to the Children’s prison, that held boys as young as 12 in a crammed dormitory and Little Nellie’s House, for a close encounter with one of the youngest saints to have existed.  

Spike Island Tours

Judges’ Feedback

  • The heritage and history of the Island offers a great learning experience. Visitors can enjoy the space as soon as they disembark the boat and have numerous attractions to explore.
  • Excellent tour options are on offer. Tours are centred around specific experience types and groups. There is something for everyone to enjoy.
  • Superb feedback, online reviews commend the experience, learning opportunity, value for money and a great family day out.
Spike Island ToursAddress: Kennedy pier, Kilgarvan, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland
Phone: +353212373455
Email: [email protected]