Sailing Schedule


Ferry journey

Please click book now and select your chosen date of travel to see our full schedule for that day, as times do vary.  Boats typically depart 12pm and 1pm in the quiet season, with several sailings a day between 10am and 2.30pm in peak season.

Our typical opening times are as follows, but always click book now and select your intended date of travel for 100% accuracy;

FEBRUARY / MARCH / APRIL – Open weekends and school holidays.


OCTOBER – NOVEMBER – Open weekends and school holidays.

DECEMBER – JANUARY – Open to pre-booked groups only these months – groups can visit year round – contact us for booking info on



Your ticket price includes:

  •  The return ferry journey across Cork Harbour.
  • Return ferry typically 3.5 hours after departure – longer or shorter on request.
  • A guided tour on arrival to the island, from the pier to the fortress.
  • A free map of the island and fort, so you can self explore after your tour.
  • Access to all areas including over a dozen museums and authentic buildings.
  • A cafe and gift shops on site.  Several toilet locations.
  • A mini-bus is on site to take visitors from the fort to the pier if needed – but we do recommend the stunning walk!

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

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