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The Corona virus has resulted in a series of goverment actions which included a lockdown of tourist sites, and we are delighted to be able to reopen and welcome visitors back after this period.  We will be taking many actions to ensure our visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience during this time.  Our wide open spaces and large buildings make us the perfect place for an enjoyable day out.  Please see the following points for info on a visit prior to booking; 


  • As per current goverment guidelines regarding public transport visitors must wear a face covering for the short 10 minute ferry journey over and back only (not on the island, correct as of 25/06/20).  Suitable face coverings include facemasks, scarfs, bandanas or any other material.  Please bring a face covering with you as persons without a face covering will not be allowed to travel, ideally something recyable/reusable. Facemasks may be purchased on arrival if you do not have one.  No face covering is required during your time on the island, just for the 10 minute ferry journey. 
  • Some persons are excluded from wearing a face covering : Children under the age of 13, suffers of asthma, anyone who has trouble breathing and anyone with special needs. Persons allowed to travel who are not wearing a face covering may be asked to sit in an outside area for the comfort and safety of themselves and others.  
  • For more info on face coverings see  https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/face-masks-disposable-gloves.html#:~:text=Who%20should%20not%20wear%20one,is%20unconscious%20or%20incapacitated
  • Please have your ticket printed or up on your phone as tickets cannot be printed on arrival.
  • The capacity of the ferry and island has been significantly reduced during this period.
  • Socially distanced queueing will take place while waiting for the ferry.
  • Advance booking is essential via the website. Have your tickets printed or displayed on your phone to minimise queueing and wait times.
  • Your ferry departs from Kennedy pier right in the center of Cobh, 50 meters down from Titanic Cobh.  Arrive at the pier at least 10 minutes before departure to join your boarding queue with your ticket printed or on your phone and face coverings/mask.
  • All visitors on the ferry will be assigned a seat for the outbound / return ferry.  You may walk around the boat after departure provided you do not use a seat other than your allocated seating.
  • Contactless payments in all locations, please pay by card where possible. 
  • One way systems around the island and exhbitions wherever possible. Each visitor receives a free map and app to guide them.
  • There are over 12 locations around the island to wash or sanitise your hands, in toilets and at sanitiser points.
  • Extensive daily cleaning is being undertaken with additional cleaning staff on site.
  • There is a short welcome and safety brief on arrival to the island after which visitors can join a short guided tour.  Please adhere to social distancing during this time.
  • Cafe and gift shop on site, socially distanced queueing and cleaned regularly. 
  • Parking is free at Cobh cathedral and the 5 foot way car park. Allow 15 minutes to park and walk.  Parking in Cobh town center is not suitable due to 3 hour parking limit.  No refunds or later sailings for late arrivals. 
  • Ticket price includes return ferry, island welcome and history on arrival and time to self explore.  Each visitor gets a free map and downloadable app.
  • Visits normally last 3.5 hours, so your boat back will be 3.5 hours after you arrive.  This includes the ferry journey which is 10 minutes each way, a short welcome and history on arrival and time to self explore our museums and use the cafe.  
  • The ferry is wheelchair accessible however there is a steep incline to Fort Mitchell and 3 of the 11 attractions are inaccessible for wheelchairs.  Please email us to advise if you are attending with a wheelchair (maximum capacity on the boat is 2 per sailing)
  • There are no refunds for late arrivals and no option to change to another boat if a sailing is missed.  Cancellations will only be refunded if requested 48 hours before sailing.  Please allow time to park and arrive at the ferry 10 minutes before your departure.
  • No dogs except Service Dogs.
  • The island is suitable for buggies with paths all around, you may be asked to fold the buggy for the ferry journey. 
  • By purchasing tickets for Spike Island ®, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by and subject to the onlineTerms and Conditions which accompany your ticket also, and have read and agree to the use of the information you provide us with.  The management reserves the right at all times to refuse admission.