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Visit

  • Spike Island is reached by ferry from Cobh.
  • Heritage town Cobh is just 24 minutes by train or 25 minutes by car from Cork city center. 
  • Free Parking is recommended at Cobh Heritage Center and Cobh Cathderal car parks.
  • Allow at least 20 minutes to park and walk to the ferry.  The ferry must leave on time and cannot wait, no refunds  for late arrivals.
  • For train info see http://www.irishrail.ie/travel-information/cobh
  • For bus see https://www.cobhconnect.ie/cobh-connect-timetable/ for Bus from Cork city.
  • Ferries depart from Kennedy pier Cobh, which is right in the town centre next to Titanic Cobh.
  • Ferry journey is just 10 - 20 minutes each way.
  • Tickets can be purchased from our kiosk on the pier, but ONLINE BOOKING HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
  • Cafe and toilet facilities located on site.  Allow up to 3.5 hours per visit.
  • For groups of 15 or more, phone (085) 851 8818 to secure space, group rates available.
  • Booking a hotel in Cork?  Use https://www.hotelscombined.ie/ for your next visit.
  • Travelling from Dublin?  Why not take a great guided experience with http://tourdestinationsireland.ie/

OPEN 363 DAYS A YEAR TO PRE-BOOKED GROUPS OF 15 OR MORE – CALL TO BOOK.

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2018 SCHEDULE - 

Open daily October 27th to November 04th.
Open weekends until November 25th, boats 12pm and 2pm Sat / Sun minimum.

2019 SCHEDULE (Approx - see book here for actual times)

Feb / March / April - Weekends Sat & Sun, 12pm & 2pm minimum.
Feb 18th - 24th / April 15th to 28th school holidays - Open 7 days, 12pm and 2pm minimum.
May - 7 days a week, 12pm and 2pm minimum.
June / July / August - 7 days a week, hourly 10am to 3pm minimum.
September - 7 days a week, 12pm and 2pm minimum.
Oct / Nov - Weekends Sat & Sun, 12pm & 2pm minimum.
Oct 28th to Nov 03rd - 7 days, 12pm and 2pm, school holiday.
Dec / Jan - Open to pre-booked groups of 15 or more only.

YEAR AROUND – Join us for After Dark tours, Cinema club evenings, Cork Harbour tours and evening events – Click book now to see event schedule.

Train

You can travel by from Kent Station in Cork City.

  • Trains depart Kent Station, Cork City every hour, on the hour.
  • Trains return from Cobh train Station every hour on the half hour.
  • The train stops at Little island, Glounthaune, Fota and then Cobh.
  • To walk to Spike Island ticket, off, walk down Westbourne Place with the water on your right, follow the footpath passing Cobh Park and next Titanic Cobh. Spike Island kiosk and ferry departure on your right, Kennedy pier.

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Car

For Directions, use Eircode (enter in P24 E446 ) or Google maps

From Cork City Centre/West:
From McCurtain Street take N8 East, signposted Dublin N25.
3.2 ml – At the roundabout take second exit, straight ahead on N8, signposted Dublin.
0.3 ml - Keep right/stay on N25 signposted Rosslare, Waterford.
4.6 ml – Take exit 3 onto R624, signposted Cobh.
0.3 ml – At the roundabout take the 4th exit onto R624, Cobh.
0.3 ml – At the roundabout take the first exit, left, R624 for Cobh.
1.9 ml – Cross bridge, take right.
4.0 ml – Follow road for Cobh, arrive town centre.

From North:
Follow M8 signposted Cork.
At tunnel roundabout take first left signposted N25 Waterord.
4.6 ml – Take exit 3 onto R624, signposted Cobh.
0.3 ml – At the roundabout take the 4th exit onto R624, Cobh.
0.3 ml – At the roundabout take the first exit, left, R624 for Cobh.
1.9 ml – Cross bridge, follow road which veers right.
4.0 ml – Follow road for Cobh, arrive town centre.

From Waterford/East:
Join N25 Westbound signposted Cork.
Take exit 3 onto R624, signposted Cobh.
0.3 ml – At the roundabout take the 4th exit onto R624, Cobh.
0.3 ml – At the roundabout take the first exit, left, R624 for Cobh.
1.9 ml – Cross bridge, follow the road which turns right.
4.0 ml – Follow road for Cobh, arrive town centre.

Parking

  • Free Parking is recommended at the car park on the North side of Cobh Cathedral, which is a 10 minute walk to Kennedy Pier, Cobh, next to Titanic Cobh.
    Location: Eircode P24Y319 or Google Maps
  • Free parking is also available further out at the Five Foot Way Car park, which is 1 mile from Cobh centre.
    Location: GPS - N 51.84697, W 8.30809 N 51°50'49", W 8°18'29" or Google Maps
  • Parking in Cobh Centre is currently limited to 3 hours, there are plans to offer an extended parking ticket for Spike Island visitors in 2017.
  • Please note - parking is NOT allowed on Kennedy Pier.

Ferry

  • The ferry to Spike Island departs from Kennedy Pier, Cobh, just past Titanic Cobh.
  • Tickets can be bought at the kiosk but advance booking is highly recommended as boats do sell out. Advance tickets available at Digitickets
  • Pre-booking online is highly recommended during peak season/weekends as boat places are strictly limited. Call (085) 851 8818.

Groups of 15 or more may book a ferry any time of the year by going to DigiTickets or calling (085) 851 8818.

Price for Ferry and Fort Experience  
Adult €19.00
Child €10.00
Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) €48.00

Visitors should allow 3 1/2 hours for the full Fort Experience.

Please note that no dogs, apart from assistance dogs, are allowed on Spike Island.