Spike Island is reached by ferry from Kennedy pier, Cobh.
Heritage town Cobh is just 24 minutes by train or 25 minutes by car from Cork city centre.
Parking is recommended at the Five Foot Way (15 minute walk) or Cobh Cathderal car park (15 minute walk).
Allow at least 20 minutes to park and walk to the ferry. The ferry must leave on time and cannot wait, there are no refunds for late arrivals.
Cafe and toilet facilities located on the island. Allow up to 3.5 hours per visit. Longer / shorter visits on request.
For groups of 15 or more, phone (021) 237 3455 to secure space, group rates available, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For bus from Cork city - Cobh see Cobh Connect
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You can travel to Cobh by train from Kent Station in Cork City.
Trains presently depart Kent Station, Cork City every hour, on the hour.
Trains presently return from Cobh train Station every hour on the half hour.
The train takes 24 minutes stopping at Little island, Glounthaune, Fota and then Cobh.
For up to date train info see Irish Rail for more detail before you travel.
To walk to ferry depature point, exit the train station and turn right. Walk down Westbourne Place with the water on your right, past JFK memorial park and also Titanic Cobh. The Spike Island ticket office and ferry departure point will be on your right, on Kennedy pier.Book Train Tickets
Free parking is available at the Five Foot Way car park by the Cobh Heritage Centre, which is one kilometer from Cobh centre.
Location: GPS - N 51.84697, W 8.30809 N 51°50'49", W 8°18'29" or Google Maps
Free Parking is also available at the car park on the north side of Cobh Cathedral, which is a 15 minute walk to Kennedy Pier, Cobh.
Location: Google Maps
Parking in Cobh centre is currently limited to 3 hours.
Please note - parking is NOT allowed on Kennedy Pier.
Spike Island can only be reached by ferry. The ferry to Spike Island departs from Kennedy pier, which is right in the town centre next to Titanic Cobh.
Ferry journey is just 10 - 17 minutes each way.
Tickets can be bought at the kiosk but advance booking online is highly recommended as boats do sell out. Advance tickets available HERE
Pre-booking online is highly recommended during peak season/weekends as boat places are strictly limited. Call (021) 237 3455 for any queries.
Family (2 adults & 2 child under 12)€49.00
Group (contact us)€16.00
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|Febuary / March||Boats 12pm & 1pm||
Weekends & half terms
Boats 12pm and 2pm weekends and half terms
1pm midweek - return at 4pm
|May||12pm and 2pm||7 Days|
|June / July / August||Boats 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm (minimum)||7 Days|
|September||Boats 12pm and 2pm||7 Days|
Boats 12pm and 1pm weekends and half terms
1pm midweek - return at 4pm
|November||Boats 12pm and 1pm||Weekends & half terms|
|December / January||Pre-booked groups only||Contact Us|
|School Holidays / Mid Terms||Open additional days||www.spikeislandcork.ie|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.