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Spike Island, Cobh

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Island · Nature / Park
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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 Cobh trip planner.
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  • We went as a family of 7 we had 5 kids age 4 to 12 and everyone had a great day out. We did the guided tour with Marion and we really enjoyed it as Marion was full of historical information. We then.....  more
    We went as a family of 7 we had 5 kids age 4 to 12 and everyone had a great day out. We did the guided tour with Marion and we really enjoyed it as Marion was full of historical information. We then.....  more »
  • We booked our trip online, all very straightforward. Arrived about 20 minutes before sailing time and were greeted by very friendly staff in the ticket kiosk. The sailing over to Spike Island was... 
    We booked our trip online, all very straightforward. Arrived about 20 minutes before sailing time and were greeted by very friendly staff in the ticket kiosk. The sailing over to Spike Island was...  more »
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  • Very old jail. No prisoners taken anymore.
  • Would go back again

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