Perfect for a cold, dark, winter’s night.
Spike Island has announced that its After Dark prison tours are back and can be booked for €25 per ticket.
The night-time tours are of the formidable 19th century Fort Mitchel prison that, at one point, was the largest prison in the world. The tour includes a ferry ride across Cork Harbour to the island, and a guided walk around the island that includes “harrowing history and spooky stories passed down by former island residents.”
The tour then reaches the prison, where things get even scarier. The night-time tour is for over 16s only and features elements that cannot be shared during the day tour.
Our Spike Island After Dark tours return, letting you explore the prison by night, to see the island in a different light…
— SpikeIslandCork (@SpikeIslandCork) January 26, 2022
The site description explains: “Over 2,300 inmates were crammed into the Fort on any one day, during the harsh famine years. There has never been a bigger prison in Britain or Ireland, before or since. The death rate peaked at 10%, which testifies to the harshness of the conditions. Some 1,300 convicts remain in mass graves on the island, victims of a cruel time.
“There are no forced scares or actors, just the all too true stories from a fearsome prison and a unique corner of ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’.”