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Spike Island After Dark

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.

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'.

  • Spike Island has received the Failte Ireland Covid safety charter.
  • While boarding our ferry we ask that all bookings sit together. Please do not sit next to any other passenger not in your group. It is imperative that passengers take personal responsibilty for this and respect other passengers on the sailing.
  • We have reduced capacity significantly to allow for a gap of at least one seat between groups. Staff will be on hand to ensure compliance with this and to offer assistance.
  • As we have reduced capacity on all our sailings 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 per current goverment guidelines regarding public transport visitors must wear a face covering for the short 10 minute ferry journey over and back and in all buildings on the island.  Suitable face coverings include facemasks, scarfs, bandanas or any other material.  Please bring a face covering with you as persons without a face covering will not be allowed to travel, ideally something recyable/reusable. Facemasks may be purchased on arrival if you do not have one.  No face covering is required during your time on the island at present but this may change between the time you book and date of travel.  We will adhere to goverment advice and must insist visitors do likewise. 
  • Some persons are excluded from wearing a face covering: Children under the age of 12, suffers of asthma, anyone who has trouble breathing and anyone with special needs. Please idetify yourself or anyone in this bracket when booking in.  Persons allowed to travel who are not wearing a face covering may be asked to sit in an outside area for the comfort and safety of themselves and others, please do not be offended by this action, we are endevouring to think of your safety and others.  
  • For more info on face coverings see  https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/face-masks-disposable-gloves.html#:~:text=Who%20should%20not%20wear%20one,is%20unconscious%20or%20incapacitated
  • Please have your ticket printed or on display on your phone as tickets cannot be printed on arrival.
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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.

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'.

  • Spike Island has received the Failte Ireland Covid safety charter.
  • While boarding our ferry we ask that all bookings sit together. Please do not sit next to any other passenger not in your group. It is imperative that passengers take personal responsibilty for this and respect other passengers on the sailing.
  • We have reduced capacity significantly to allow for a gap of at least one seat between groups. Staff will be on hand to ensure compliance with this and to offer assistance.
  • As we have reduced capacity on all our sailings 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 per current goverment guidelines regarding public transport visitors must wear a face covering for the short 10 minute ferry journey over and back and in all buildings on the island.  Suitable face coverings include facemasks, scarfs, bandanas or any other material.  Please bring a face covering with you as persons without a face covering will not be allowed to travel, ideally something recyable/reusable. Facemasks may be purchased on arrival if you do not have one.  No face covering is required during your time on the island at present but this may change between the time you book and date of travel.  We will adhere to goverment advice and must insist visitors do likewise. 
  • Some persons are excluded from wearing a face covering: Children under the age of 12, suffers of asthma, anyone who has trouble breathing and anyone with special needs. Please idetify yourself or anyone in this bracket when booking in.  Persons allowed to travel who are not wearing a face covering may be asked to sit in an outside area for the comfort and safety of themselves and others, please do not be offended by this action, we are endevouring to think of your safety and others.  
  • For more info on face coverings see  https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/face-masks-disposable-gloves.html#:~:text=Who%20should%20not%20wear%20one,is%20unconscious%20or%20incapacitated
  • Please have your ticket printed or on display on your phone as tickets cannot be printed on arrival.