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Spike Island is a place steeped in history and mystery and visitors have the unique chance to experience the island like never before on the first ever ‘Spike Island After Dark’ tours. Strictly limited to 180 tickets spread over 3 nights, online booking only, early booking advisable.
This amazing 104 acre island has accommodated a monastery, fortress and prison in the last 1300 years and is dominated by the 24 acre star shaped Fortress Spike. Our torch lit guided tours give visitors a chance to walk abandoned prisons, sit in solitary cells and follow in the footsteps of famous Irish and international prisoners.
Boats depart from Kennedy pier, Cobh and after the 20 minute ferry ride our guides will relay the rich history of the town and share the tales of shipwrecks and intrigue that litter Cork harbour. Once on the island we walk in Twilight through time to abandoned villages and historical sites, walking in the footsteps of saints and sinners. Then it is on to the Fortress that during the 1850s was the largest prison in the entire world!
Inside the fort we relay the stories of a place so feared a Victorian reporter once exclaimed "Is Spike Island even in a Christian land"? Hear the tales of the mass graves that cover the island, lost souls without a name on a headstone. We visit buildings like the 1850s Punishment block with its solitary cells which were built with the sole purpose of punishing Ireland's penal classes. Then it is on to the former children's prison which holds many memories from its former use and your tour also includes visits to areas that are off limits to regular day tours.
Join the best storytellers in Ireland for an evening of incredible tales about a unique place in an ancient land.
Many have been, many remain, but will you escape from Fortress Spike?
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
The suggested age limit is 15 and above due to the sometimes gruesome history that is relayed. Responsibility for