Spike Island, Cork

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#1 of 16 in Nature in County Cork
View a defensive fort, prison cells, and gun emplacements at Spike Island, an island considered to be "Ireland's Alcatraz." In the seventh century, this island was the site of a monastic settlement. Over the years, it took on different roles because of its strategic placement in the harbor. It has been used as a location for smugglers and prisoners and as a military base. Take a ferry from the mainland to tour this famous island. Learn about the area's many historic sites, including its fort and prison where IRA prisoners were held until their escape in 1921. Plan to see Spike Island and other attractions that appeal to you using our Cork trip planner .
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  • Visited Spike Island, with my wife and two young kids for the first time yesterday and must honestly say, what a day out.From the boat crossing, to our experienced guide on the island to the wonderful...  more »
  • Had a wonderful day out with family and a small baby. Whole Island and boat was very buggy friendly. So much to see and do and even living locally for years, we all found the history fascinating!  more »
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