Spike Island named ’Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ at the 2017 World Travel Awards

Posted on: 5th October, 2017

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

Cork County Council’s Fortress Spike Island has been named ‘Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ at the 2017 World Travel Awards 2017, seeing off a shortlist, which included the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace and the Colosseum.

The 104-acre island was a monastic settlement in the 7th century, an artillery fortification built in the 18th century by the British with subsequent forts built in the late 18th and early 19th century and a prison in the 19th century where thousands of prisoners were transported from Spike to Australia. Spike Island remained under British control following the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and it was only handed over in 1938 when the last British forces left.

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