The History of Spike Island

3.25 hours | Cork | C B 4 - 3 8 5
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:

Spike Island
Named Europe's top tourist attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards 2017, Spike Island, the former fortress and prison off the coast of County Cork, is often referred to as the 'Irish Alcatraz.' Spike Island has had many lives. It housed a 7th-century Monastery, the largest prison in Victorian times and centuries of residential homes. Today, the island boasts the 200-year-old, star-shaped Fort Mitchel, which once held over 2,000 prisoners. This experiential museum tells the complex and diverse stories of the island's past. Guided tours take visitors for a stroll around the perimeter of the fortress as well as through the remains of the island village and down the dark corridors of the prison. It is even possible to stand in one of the cells.

What you will see along the way:

A scenic ferry ride is an opportunity to view the commanding, strategic position held by Spike Island within the sheltered mouth of the lower reaches of Cork Harbor. Enjoy the views as your ferry enters the waters of one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Your ride is fascinating, but it can be cool on deck so dress accordingly. Attractions within the fortress walls include the 1850s punishment block and spooky prison cells, the 1980s riot exhibition, Ireland's largest artillery gun park and a host of military, penal and cultural history museums

Special Notes:

The boat is not exclusive to Princess guests. Surface is gravel and flagstones and may be uneven in parts and various steps through Island tour. Warm clothes, walking shoes and a raincoat recommended.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart Pier and travel on foot to boarding location of the boat

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
50
Travel time:
00:15

Boat ride to Spike Island

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
50
Travel time:
00:20

Guided tour of Spike Island and free time

Time at site:
02:05
Free time at site:
70
Inside visit:
Yes
Air conditioned:
No
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes
Shopping available:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Return journey by boat to Cobh

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
50
Travel time:
00:20

Arrive back at Cobh and return independently to the pier

Transport type:
Walking
Transport Capacity:
50
Travel time:
00:15