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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"

As a result of the riot of 1985, the northwest casements were converted into 4 man prison cells which can be visited today.

The 6” guns are the largest surviving examples of breech loading guns in Ireland.

Before Victorian times there was no distinction between age groups when it came to crime and punishment.

Cork Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world. Its natural beauty is complimented by historic military fortifications, modern-day commerce, shipping and the base of the Irish...

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

Our military gun has over a dozen pieces used in coastal defence spanning over 300 years of warfare, as well as a recreation of the Battery Observation Posts which would have targeted the guns on...

Apart from Fort Mitchel, the island has also been home to a village, a church, a golf course, a beach and a football pitch.

John Mitchel was a Nationalist hero and his jail journal influenced how the public viewed crime and punishment.

When the Pope heard Nellie's story he did something to commemorate her life

Mitchel hall housed convicts but at other times it hosted dances, weddings, art classes, and more recently concerts and exhibitions.

The 3 years Percey Fawcett spent on Spike Island were just part of a rich life lived with a real zest for exploration and achievement.

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

The convict chapel chalice

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