Escape from Spike Island

As part of our upcoming War of Independence Weekend, our popular Spike Island Escape Tour returns for one night only! This unique evening tour focuses on the daring escape by Republican prisoners and internees in 1921, at a time when Spike Island held over 1200 Irish rebels.

On a cold November evening 1921, seven prisoners embarked on an escape mission from the Military Prison in the Field at Spike Island. Having secretly cleared a tunnel area and under cover of darkness, the group of men evaded the searchlights, razor wire and prison guards to escape their island incarceration through a hidden tunnel.

his fully guided tour – with access to areas usually off limits to the public – follows the exact route the prisoners embarked on to escape their captivity and tells the story of the 1921 Republican prison.

Join us on this special escape tour as we walk in the footsteps of the men who fought for the cause of Irish Freedom. Boats depart from Cobh at 5pm, spaces are limited and advance booking is highly recommended.