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Cork City Gaol

Convent Ave. | Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland (Sunday's Well)
021-430-5022
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Ranked #9 of 79 attractions in Cork
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Owner description: Corks Most Captivating Experience:A step back in time to see what 19th/early 20th century life was like-inside and outside prison walls. Historical... more » Owner description: Corks Most Captivating Experience:A step back in time to see what 19th/early 20th century life was like-inside and outside prison walls. Historical experience brought to life with amazingly lifelike figures, furnished cells, sound effects & fascinating exhibitions. « less
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Was interesting seeing what it was like in years gone by ... was a little eerie in parts!! Was very informative & well put together!! worth the money.

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Cork, Ireland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Took along a friend who was visiting Cork; we didn't get the audio tour so cannot comment on that, but there is enough info given on the leaflet to make for a very interesting wander around the gaol for an hour or two. The staff were really helpful when we asked for any further info, especially Margaret who was very... More

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Ireland
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I have been here many times, with and without children. I. Brought my grandchildren and they just loved it. A lot of history there.

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Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Strong praise, I know. But well deserved. What do I mean by that? I travel widely and am a professional historian by training. I visit many, many historic houses and buildings. It is not easy to take bricks and mortar and make them tell a story about the past. It is here that the Cork City Gaol has completely set... More

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Perth
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The gaol gave us an insight into Cork's history and it's gaol system. As we were there in winter there were no guided tours available, so we just walked along at our own pace and read through the information booklet given to us. There was plenty of interesting information on the crimes committed by the prisoners and how prisoners lived... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Very nice hour or two wondering around with either an audio guide (on a mini MP3 player for an extra €3) or just with the free leaflet. Interesting look at the way prisoners used to be treated and the crimes for which they were punished. If you are walk here from the town it is a very steep climb so... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This is just the kind of thing I enjoy doing on vacation - something different and filled with interesting history about the location. A bit macabre, but that's something else I enjoy as well. My friend and I did not do the audio tour, but I'm sure that would've enhanced the experience a bit...however, just walking on our own was... More

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LVT, Califormia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Very interesting! Cold, damp, realistic - for a 21st century audience - really a must see - somehow it really brought to mind the one simple line I was taught in grammar school in the 1950's about our Founding Father's and "no debtor's prisons" - what an impact it had on me - the crime of the bulk of these... More

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Schiedam, The Netherlands
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58 reviews 58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The price is expensive in relation to what it offers. Your visit is done in 15 minutes (longer if you decide to see the movie and drop by the radio museum). Unfortunately, the radio museum is a separate price from the city gaol. In combination with the location (which is not really accessible with public transport - except for taxi's)... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

A very interesting stop on a visit to Cork. The audio tour is a great way to explore this site. The mannequins certainly added to the experience, as did the individual stories of both prisoners and staff.

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