Winner of the ‘International Travel & Tourism Awards’ 2019 and ‘EUROPE’S Leading Tourist Attraction’ 2017!
Spike Island off the coast of Cobh in Cork harbour has over 1300 years of Irish history. From the Island Monastery and Fortress to the World’s largest Prison in the 1850’s and centuries of island homes.

Your journey starts with a ferry ride before Ireland’s best storytellers take you on a guided tour of the outer island and Fortress. You can then self explore our prison cells, Fortress, beautiful island walks and also use our on site café.

Attractions include the 1850’s Punishment block with its dark cells, the 1980’s prison cells and riot exhibition, Ireland’s largest artillery gun park and several penal, military and social history museums. With activities for children and families and guided and self guided tours, Spike Island has something for everyone.

Groups welcome, audioguides in French, German and English available. See the website for sailings times. We look forward to welcoming you to Fortress Spike.