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Spike Island

Spike Island is one of Cork’s newest tourist attractions and has been voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attractions for 2017. Visitors can learn about Ireland’s religious, social and penal history or explore deep tunnels, scale high walls and walk the abandoned prison.

Access to the island is from Kennedy Pier in Cobh, a 20 minute drive from Clayton Hotel Cork City.

Activities on Spike Island

  • Fully guided tours
  • Scenic island walks
  • Children’s treasure hunt
  • Paranormal investigations
  • After dark tours, concerts & events

History of Spike Island

Spike Island is an island of 103 acres off the coast of Cobh. Originally the site of a monastic settlement, the island is dominated by an 18th-century star fort named Fort Mitchel. Historically, the island’s location within the harbour meant it was used at times for defence and as a prison. In the early 19th century Spike Island was transformed into a British prison where thousands of prisoners were transported from Spike to Australia.

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