Spike Island

“An island full of lost memories” Spike Island has a rich history stretching back over 1300 years, from its days as a monastery to a 24-acre fortress to one of the world’s largest prisons.

Ferry to Spike Island

Should you have a couple of hours, make sure to take a ferry out to Spike Island to explore the former prison, fortress, monastery and villagers cottages. Take either a downloadable self-guided walking tour of this low-lying green island and its 18th-century artillery fortifications or join the highly enjoyable and informative guided tour.

Getting There

The boats depart from Kennedy pier in Cobh, Cork Harbour. Cobh town is 19km drive from Clayton Hotel Silver Springs and well worth a visit.

spike island near cork

Spike Island

Discover the island’s rich history from the monks and monasteries, rioters and redcoats, captains and convicts to sinners and saints.

clayton hotel silver springs

Clayton Hotel Silver Springs

One of the finest hotels in Cork set in sylvan terraced grounds just outside the city centre.

clayton hotel cork city

Clayton Hotel Cork City

Cork’s premier 4-star hotel overlooking the River Lee and facing the inspired architecture of City Hall.

Spike Island

Cobh, Cork


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