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November to February

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Explore Fortress Spike

In the last 1300 years Spike Island has been host to a 6th century Monastery and a 24 acre Fortress that became the largest convict depot in the world in Victorian times!  The island's rich history has included monks and monasteries, rioters and redcoats, captains and convicts and sinners and saints. 

Today the island is dominated by the 200 year old Fort Mitchel, the star shaped Fortress which became a prison holding over 2300 prisoners.  Take the scenic ferry ride from Kennedy Pier, Cobh, and get captured in the history and mystery of this magical island.

Will you escape from Fortress Spike?

A short and scenic ferry ride from Cobh brings visitors to Spike Island and our storytellers will relay the history and mystery of the peoples and places that make Spike Island so special.

Children of all ages can explore and learn through our curriculum led, age appropriate school tours, starting with a short ferry ride that tells the story of Cobh and Cork harbour.

Walk an abandoned prison, sit in a solitary cell, experience a place of Punishment, once called Ireland's hell

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The Fortress that became the worlds largest prison, star shaped Fort Mitchel has a long history.

The convict chapel chalice

Heroes and villians, sinners and saints, rioters and redcoats, Spike island has seen them all!

The most dangerous prisoners were held in "hell on earth" conditions which shocked people of the time

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