Discover Captains and Convicts, Sinners and Saints at Ireland’s prison island. Spike Island is Ireland’s historic island, located off the coast of scenic Cork.
Take a short ferry from the heritage town of Cobh and sail across one of the world’s largest natural harbours. Upon arrival at the island, enjoy a guided tour with a professional storyteller who will bring 1300 years of history to life as you explore the beautiful outer island with its charming Irish homes and natural landscapes. Once the guided tour is complete, enter the fortress and use your free map to self-explore the many museums and exhibitions, authentic buildings and scenic island walking trails, all telling the story of what life was like for the many island inhabitants through the years. Sit in original famine era prison cells, explore Ireland’s largest artillery gun park and discover the island’s rich past through immersive and interactive displays.
From tales of convicts and rebels to its strategic military role, Spike Island offers a fascinating journey through Irish history, making it a must-visit site for both history enthusiasts and those seeking a unique experience.