Spike Island, Cork

4.8
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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  • I did the After Dark Tour with two friends on a stormy Saturday night in March 2020. It was the main purpose of our trip to Cork and it did not disappoint! It rained for most of the night and was...  more »
  • This is a great place to visit. You can sit at the end of the canal watching the swans and other water fowl, there are boats bobbing on the water and very few people about. You can also sit looking...  more »

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