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 Opening and Closing 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

  • 90.41% of people who visit Cork include Spike Island in their plan

  • 41.14% of people start their Spike Island visit around 4 PM - 5 PM

  • People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Spike Island

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

74.86% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Spike Island

People normally club together Youghal and Fitzgerald's Park 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

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Spike Island, Cork Reviews

  • 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.

  • Had a really great time, didn't get to see everything but with 3 kids we were probably never going to. The kids loved it because once on the island it's totally safe and loads of room for them to run and play. We would definitely go back

  • A brilliant experience, well worth a visit. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and it was fascinating to learn about the vast history of Spike Island. Suitable for all of the family.

  • Great mix of stuff. Need more flora and fauna and more cultural links to mainland. Didn't do the app it may have these...

  • We purchased 15 tickets weeks ahead of our overseas trip to visit. But after we were all loaded on the boat, the crew said they had overbooked by 2 people (it appeared mgmt. had miscounted a group of schoolkids on the same boat), so they asked for two volunteers to step off and said they would bring them right back out. They didn't--instead, they put them on the next boat an hour later, so we waited around and lost time to do any exploring; all we had time for was the guided tour with Elizabeth (who was great) because we had a bus to catch. Besides the poor management, it was rather disappointing; there are far better tours at other forts/prisons and sites.

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