Exploring this historic island in Cork Harbour is your opportunity to immerse yourself in 300 years of Irish history and 104 acres of beautiful nature. In the last 1300 years Spike Island has been host to a 7th century Monastery, a 24-acre Fortress, and the largest convict depot in the world. 

A short ferry ride from Kennedy Pier, Cobh, takes you to the island. Once there, you can explore the 1804 fortress, the crown of the island and the notorious Punishment Block and Children’s Prison. 

Take in the display of tanks and cannons at the Artillery Gun Park as well as the fascinating Independence Museum. In contrast, you can enjoy two scenic walking trails peppered with pretty houses, abandoned villages and convict cemeteries.