After Dark Tours


After Dark Tours

Do you dare to visit Spike Island After Dark?

Get ready to unlock the dark secrets of Ireland’s infamous prison island on one of our After Dark Tours.

Explore the haunting corridors of an abandoned prison, find yourself in the heart of solitary confinement, and immerse yourself in a place once infamously known as ‘Ireland’s Hell’ on this access-all-areas tour. Guided by our expert storytellers, dive into the dark history of what was once Ireland’s most notorious prison with spine chilling tales of the murderers and deviants who once roamed its halls.

Not for the faint-hearted, our After Dark tours take you to areas of the island usually off limits to the public where our tour guides will share the harrowing history and spine-chilling stories of Ireland’s most notorious murders and deviants. Prepare to be led through eerie tunnels and abandoned prison cells as you hear the dark tales of murder and mystery on this candlelit tour.



Unearth our Dark History

Explore Spike Island in a whole new light – or should we say darkness! Candlelit corridors, eerie tunnels, and abandoned prison cells await you on this immersive tour.

Hear about the horrific treatment of the convicts during the 1850s, a time when Spike Island was the largest prison in Ireland and Britain as well as stories of murders such as that of nationalist Patrick White who was killed in a spiteful act of revenge by his captors; and of a prison warden in the 1800’s – a crime carried out by some of the most sinister characters in the island’s history.

Brace yourself for an access-all-areas tour that reveals the hidden secrets of Ireland’s notorious prison island.

Will you escape from Spike Island? There’s only one way to find out – join us for a night you’ll never forget as we unravel the eerie mysteries of Spike Island!

Bernard & Helena McCarthy

Went over to Spike Island during the summer. What a great day out, very interesting place, great walks and a big field if you wanted too chill out or if the kids want to play. It has a shop so you can get food and drinks. You could make a whole day out of it, there was more added to it during the year so cannot wait to go over again this summer, would highly recommend it.



We had the pleasure & experience of visiting Spike Island on a day trip the journey from Cobh harbour was by ferry, the crew were great giving information & answering questions. Our tour guide was brilliant, an ex navy man himself, spent time with all. He really got across the history of Spike and we will definitely go again.


Caroline D

Great Tour of the Island. My Family and I visited Spike Island (February) and we all found it very interesting. The trip on the ferry accross was great and it was a dry day. We found it very interesting and for history lovers it is a great place to go. The views of Cobh from the Island are magnificent.


John B

I went to Spike Island recently and found it totally amazing with the history and the heritage of the island. It's a great place to visit and the tour is great. If in Cork then it should be high on your list of places to go. Highly recommended.


Claire T

Very impressive! It was our second time here and well worth the trip. Lots of interesting information presented with a touch of Irish humour. We'd strongly advise everyone to go there, it's a great day out! You can take the island in at your own pace or join a guided tour. It's a brilliant opportunity to see all of Cork harbour.


Kenny & Lisa

Both for history and nature enthusiasts. Be sure to catch the free guided tour that is included in your ticket. Our guide was very skilled and made the history come alive through stories he told.Also take the time to explore the island and enjoy the view of Cobh from a different perspective. Take a walk around and take in the beauty of the nature and the island as a whole!

Brussels, Belgium


Amazing, a hidden gem! Must-see.
Myself and my husband visited Spike Island today and although we both live in Cork we had never been. It was absolutely brilliant and would highly recommend. Our guide was excellent, so knowledgeable and funny! Time flies so we will definitely be back and will also do the After Dark tour too. I would never get sick of visiting and feel it is the kind of place you could visit over and over and still see and learn new things.



Spike Island is well worth a visit. The scenery is beautiful, even for a walk, it is worthwhile to go and see. The tour
guide was excellent too and we enjoyed it all. You could easily spend a few hours here, a great way to spend a day and very affordable too. It is advisable to book the ferry beforehand, it is a popular spot.

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Keep up to date

Find out about the latest offers and events with discounts for early bookings.