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Spike Island After Dark

"Walk an abandoned prison, sit in a solitary cell, experience a place of Punishment, once called Irelands hell"...  SPIKE ISLAND AFTER DARK RETURNS...

Join Irelands best storytellers for a night of history, mystery and intrigue on a tour unlike any other on Irelands Aincient East, that starts and ends with a ferry journey across Cork harbour.  Price includes return ferry, guided tour and free tea/coffee on completion...

Spike Island off the coast of Cobh is a place steeped in history and mystery.  This amazing 104 acre island has accommodated a monastery, fortress and prison in the last 1300 years and today it is dominated by the 24 acre star shaped Fortress Spike, which at one point was the largest convict depot in the world with over 2300 convicts crammed into the Fortress in awful conditions during the 1850's.

Boats depart from Kennedy pier, Cobh for a short 15 minute ferry ride and on arrival to the island our storytellers will relay the rich history of Cobh town and share the tales of shipwrecks and intrigue that litter Cork harbour.  The tour walks past our abandoned villages and homes as our storytellers share the darker chapters of Spikes history, an island pockmarked with unmarked mass graves of unfortunate prisoners, victims of a cruel time.

Once we reach Fortress Spike we relay the stories of a prison so feared a Victorian reporter once exclaimed "Is Spike Island even in a Christian land"?  We visit buildings like the 1850s Punishment block with its tiny solitary cells which were built with the sole purpose of punishing Ireland's penal classes.  Prisoners would sit in windowless cells for up to 23 1/2 hours a day, with madness common and suicide frequent.  

Then it is on to the former children's prison which holds many memories from its former use, and your tour includes visits to areas that are off limits to our regular day tours such as our abandoned prison with its menancing presense.

There are no forced scares or dressed up actors.  Spike After Dark offers an honest re-telling of the extraordinary stories that make Spike Island a truly unique location in Irish history and heritage. 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?

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  • General entry - After Dark €18.49 + €0.50 booking fee
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"Walk an abandoned prison, sit in a solitary cell, experience a place of Punishment, once called Irelands hell"...  SPIKE ISLAND AFTER DARK RETURNS...

Join Irelands best storytellers for a night of history, mystery and intrigue on a tour unlike any other on Irelands Aincient East, that starts and ends with a ferry journey across Cork harbour.  Price includes return ferry, guided tour and free tea/coffee on completion...

Spike Island off the coast of Cobh is a place steeped in history and mystery.  This amazing 104 acre island has accommodated a monastery, fortress and prison in the last 1300 years and today it is dominated by the 24 acre star shaped Fortress Spike, which at one point was the largest convict depot in the world with over 2300 convicts crammed into the Fortress in awful conditions during the 1850's.

Boats depart from Kennedy pier, Cobh for a short 15 minute ferry ride and on arrival to the island our storytellers will relay the rich history of Cobh town and share the tales of shipwrecks and intrigue that litter Cork harbour.  The tour walks past our abandoned villages and homes as our storytellers share the darker chapters of Spikes history, an island pockmarked with unmarked mass graves of unfortunate prisoners, victims of a cruel time.

Once we reach Fortress Spike we relay the stories of a prison so feared a Victorian reporter once exclaimed "Is Spike Island even in a Christian land"?  We visit buildings like the 1850s Punishment block with its tiny solitary cells which were built with the sole purpose of punishing Ireland's penal classes.  Prisoners would sit in windowless cells for up to 23 1/2 hours a day, with madness common and suicide frequent.  

Then it is on to the former children's prison which holds many memories from its former use, and your tour includes visits to areas that are off limits to our regular day tours such as our abandoned prison with its menancing presense.

There are no forced scares or dressed up actors.  Spike After Dark offers an honest re-telling of the extraordinary stories that make Spike Island a truly unique location in Irish history and heritage. 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?

Available Tickets
  • General entry - After Dark €18.49 + €0.50 booking fee
Terms and conditions

FAQs 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 determining the suitability for any person under 15 rests with the accompaning adult. There are no deliberate scare tactics or costumes, but the tours content and sometimes dark claustrophic cells may be difficult for some people.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Cobh town centre parking free from 6pm onwards, €1 per hour beforehand. Parking is also available at Cobh cathederal free of charge. The ferry deaprts from the end of Kennedy pier, just past Titanic Cobh and cannot wait for late arrivals, please allow plenty time for parking.  NO REFUNDS FOR LATER ARRIVALS OR ANY OTHER REASON.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Please wear warm clothes and be dressed for rainy weather, as part of the tour takes place outside. The ferry is covered.  You may bring your own torch but there is no need and no wide beam lights are permitted, straight beam only.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions? admin@spikeislandcork.ie

Is my registration/ticket transferrable? Yes, you may pass on your ticket if you cannot attend.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Please print your ticket and bring to the ferry embarkation point as this saves time, but showing your confirmation by email will be acceptable. 

What time does the event start? Boat departs at the allotted time, please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to departure as the ferry cannot wait for late arrivals.  NO REFUNDS FOR LATE ARRIVALS.