Spike Island

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  • Address: Off the coast of Cork, Ireland
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs

Spike Island - Review

Spike Island is located off the coast of Cobh Harbor and is known as the boarding place of the legendary Titanic. Ferry through the pristine Atlantic to the Island while enjoying a panoramic view of the Cobh Harbour behind and the plush green Island ahead. The Island shows monastic settlements dating back to 635 AD.

Highlights Include:

  • Historical Old Fort/ Jail also known as the infamous Purgatory.
  • Guided tour of the island

Tourists love the history of the Island and the guided tour is sure to take you one step closer to its intense past.

Spike Island Information

  • Contact Michael Martin Tours (Telephone: 087 276 7218 or 021 481 5211) to book ferry tickets.
  • Carry a small picnic to enjoy the serene Island greenery over good food and wine.
  • There are ferry rides to and from the Island and the Cobh Harbour throughout the day but schedule is highly dependant on the tides.
  • Entry is free.

Spike Island Ticket Prices

The Reduced Ferry Fees Are:

  • €8 per adult
  • €5 per child
  • €20 per family of 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

Combined Ferry Fee and Guided Tour

  • €13.50 per adult
  • €8.50 per child

Spike Island Hours

  • The ferry rides are available only from June to September.

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TripHobo Highlights for Spike Island

  • Spike Island Address: Off the coast of Cork, Ireland
  • Spike Island Timing: 24-hrs
  • Spike Island Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Spike Island(preferred time): 11:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Spike Island: 05:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Spike Island

  • 50.2% of people who visit Cork include Spike Island in their plan

  • 27.67% of people start their Spike Island visit around 6 PM - 7 PM

  • People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Spike Island

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Spike Island

People normally club together Youghal and Blarney Castle while planning their visit to Spike Island.

People also prefer to end their day with Spike Island.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Spike Island Trips

Spike Island, Cork Reviews

  • Loved visiting Spike Island. We were greeted by a guide who knew how to tell a good story. He was very knowledgable about the island's history and his story about the riot and jailbreak was hilarious. Most definitely recommend to spend a day at Spike. Make sure to make online reservations, though. The tickets can be sold out quite fast.

  • We took the after-dark tour and the experience was fantastic — the atmosphere wouldn’t have been nearly as good in daytime. The boat trip from Cobh takes about 10-15 minutes, then we were split into smaller groups with separate guides. The one we got (John) was very knowledgeable and told the story in an interesting way, without resorting to cheesy scare tactics. Apparently they’re planning to transform one of the buildings into a hostel next year so I’m sure it’ll get even better as there’s lots of potential. Definitely worth a visit, we got our tickets for €20 and this gets you a boat trip there and back, as well as a tour that takes around 3 hours, so certainly great value.

  • Lovely trip out, good job we'd booked online. Lots on the boat but we got a seat. Group split into two we had Carl. Lovely story teller bringing history to life. Leaving everyone to explore the area after ensuring we knew his name & where to leave the review.

  • Excellent for a history day out. Needs to tie it's history into the greater European context to make it relevant

  • This place gives Alcatraz a run for it’s money. The boat over reveals beautiful views of Cobh, The tour is excellent, Mostly wheelchair friendly although some of it is uphill. The history of the island is so interesting, how it came to be and how it is now. Specifically it’s recent history in modern Ireland is very telling. If you are in this neck of the woods and have half a day to spare, I would recommend going here.

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