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Book Tickets for Spike Island

Spike Island's rich history has included monks and monasteries, rioters and redcoats, captains and convicts and sinners and saints. Today the island is dominated by the 200 year old Fort Mitchel, the star shaped Fortress which became a prison holding over 2300 prisoners.  It was the largest prison in the world at the time and there has never been a larger prison in Ireland or Britain before or since.

Know more about the history of Spike Island by booking one of tours with us. We offer Regular Tours, School Tours & After Dark Tours.

Regular Tours

Regular tours help you explore the island and get to know it better by offering guided tours, Audioguides with "Beacon Technology", Self-Guided Tour and more.

School Tours

Children of all ages can learn about Spike Island's and Ireland's incredible history through our curriculum led, age appropriate school tours which offer an incredible mix of history, sightseeing, eco-tours and adventure activities in Ireland’s premier school tour destination.  

After Dark Tours

Join us on one of our Spike Island After Dark’ tours to learn about the chilling history that haunts this beautiful island habitat. Hear about the horror of the convict’s treatment when Spike was the world’s largest prison in the 1850’s Punishment block, a prison built with the sole purpose of punishing human beings. Its dreadful conditions led to several suicide attempts, some successful, and these grim cells hold many memories today.

All of the tours give you access to areas not normally open to the public. 

 

Explore Fortress Spike