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Spike Island After Dark's are back! Our guides give you the dark history of our prison island that we cannot tell to day tours.

Now all tours are taken to the areas closed off to our regular vistors. Visit the abndoned jail and walk in the hidden tunnels where gun powder was stored and prisoners held in solitary confinement for over 23 hours a day.

Are you brave enough!!!

Your tour begins with a ferry ride across Cork harbour as the sun sets, before our guides meet you on the island and walk you past abandoned villages and former homes. You'll hear the harrowing history and spooky stories passed down by our former island residents.

Then on we go to Fortress Spike, the Fortress built to defend an empire that became the largest prison in the world in the 1850's. Over 2,300 inmates were crammed into the Fort on any one day, during the harsh famine years. There has never been a bigger prison in Britain or Ireland, before or since. The death rate peaked at 10%, which testifies to the harshness of the conditions. Some 1,300 convicts remain in mass graves on the island, victims of a cruel time.

There are no forced scares or actors, just the all too true stories from a fearsome prison and a unique corner of 'Ireland’s Ancient East'.  See https://www.spikeislandcork.ie/after-dark-tours for more info.

  • Spike Island has received the Failte Ireland Covid safety charter..
  • Goverment guidelines for the short 12 minute, well ventilated crossing with compusory mask wearing allow public transport to operate at 100% capacity.  
  • It is neccessary for some passengers to sit outside during the sailing. With this in mind we ask that all passengers dress appropriately for the weather on the day, as an inside seat may not be available.
  • Please have your ticket printed or on display on your phone to save time.  We recommend calling to our ticket kiosk with your phone ticket to pick up your free adult and child maps of the island.
  • Ferry departs from Kennedy pier, Cobh.  Arrive at Spike Island kiosk at least 10 minutes before departure to join your boarding queue.  We recommend going to the ticket office to get your free isalnd maps. 
  • Please have you ticket printed or displayed on your phone on arrival to the pier and your facecovering ready.
  • Parking is free at the car park behind Cobh cathederal and 5 foot way car park. Allow 15 minutes to park and walk.  Parking in Cobh center not suitable due to 3 hour limit.  No refunds or later sailings for late arrivals. 
  • All visitors on the ferry will be assigned a seat for the outbound / return ferry, but you may walk around the ferry once it departs provided you attempt to socially distance. 
  • Ticket price includes return ferry, island welcome and history on arrival and time to self explore.  Each visitor gets a free map and downloadable app.
  • Visits normally last 3 hours from departure to return.  This includes the ferry journey which is 10 minutes each way, a short welcome and tour on arrival and time to self explore our museums and use the cafe.  
  • Absolutley no alcohol, and persons suspected of having taken alcohol before the tour will be refused entry to the boat. 
  • No dogs allowed on the ferry. 
  • The ferry is wheelchair accessible however there is a steep incline to Fort Mitchell and 3 of the 11 attractions are inaccesible for wheelchairs.  Please email or call us to advise if attending in a wheelchair so we can make your visit more comfortable.
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Close After Dark Access All Areas!!

Spike Island After Dark's are back! Our guides give you the dark history of our prison island that we cannot tell to day tours.

Now all tours are taken to the areas closed off to our regular vistors. Visit the abndoned jail and walk in the hidden tunnels where gun powder was stored and prisoners held in solitary confinement for over 23 hours a day.

Are you brave enough!!!

Your tour begins with a ferry ride across Cork harbour as the sun sets, before our guides meet you on the island and walk you past abandoned villages and former homes. You'll hear the harrowing history and spooky stories passed down by our former island residents.

Then on we go to Fortress Spike, the Fortress built to defend an empire that became the largest prison in the world in the 1850's. Over 2,300 inmates were crammed into the Fort on any one day, during the harsh famine years. There has never been a bigger prison in Britain or Ireland, before or since. The death rate peaked at 10%, which testifies to the harshness of the conditions. Some 1,300 convicts remain in mass graves on the island, victims of a cruel time.

There are no forced scares or actors, just the all too true stories from a fearsome prison and a unique corner of 'Ireland’s Ancient East'.  See https://www.spikeislandcork.ie/after-dark-tours for more info.

  • Spike Island has received the Failte Ireland Covid safety charter..
  • Goverment guidelines for the short 12 minute, well ventilated crossing with compusory mask wearing allow public transport to operate at 100% capacity.  
  • It is neccessary for some passengers to sit outside during the sailing. With this in mind we ask that all passengers dress appropriately for the weather on the day, as an inside seat may not be available.
  • Please have your ticket printed or on display on your phone to save time.  We recommend calling to our ticket kiosk with your phone ticket to pick up your free adult and child maps of the island.
  • Ferry departs from Kennedy pier, Cobh.  Arrive at Spike Island kiosk at least 10 minutes before departure to join your boarding queue.  We recommend going to the ticket office to get your free isalnd maps. 
  • Please have you ticket printed or displayed on your phone on arrival to the pier and your facecovering ready.
  • Parking is free at the car park behind Cobh cathederal and 5 foot way car park. Allow 15 minutes to park and walk.  Parking in Cobh center not suitable due to 3 hour limit.  No refunds or later sailings for late arrivals. 
  • All visitors on the ferry will be assigned a seat for the outbound / return ferry, but you may walk around the ferry once it departs provided you attempt to socially distance. 
  • Ticket price includes return ferry, island welcome and history on arrival and time to self explore.  Each visitor gets a free map and downloadable app.
  • Visits normally last 3 hours from departure to return.  This includes the ferry journey which is 10 minutes each way, a short welcome and tour on arrival and time to self explore our museums and use the cafe.  
  • Absolutley no alcohol, and persons suspected of having taken alcohol before the tour will be refused entry to the boat. 
  • No dogs allowed on the ferry. 
  • The ferry is wheelchair accessible however there is a steep incline to Fort Mitchell and 3 of the 11 attractions are inaccesible for wheelchairs.  Please email or call us to advise if attending in a wheelchair so we can make your visit more comfortable.