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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 #17 of 83 Attractions in Cork
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I loved the way the tour is set out. For 2 Euros you can hire an MP3 audio unit, with headphones. The tour is set so that each area of interest, including cells which held some of the prison's most colourful inmates, is numbered and linked to the audio tour on your MP3. You simply switch the unit on and... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed this experience. So much history and fascinating insight into life in the past. Worth the extra few euro for the audio headset. Recommended you see this

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Not much to see at the Cork Gaol.. it is an interesting spot and i suppose a must see if you are visiting Cork.. I hear they do great dinners there although they are private.. and used for 'events' .. you must go once just to be reminded of the horrors!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Very well organized. Get there early to avoid lines. Use the Hop on Hop off bus to get there as it's one of the stops.

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County Meath, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Was very interesting to see the Gaol, bit spooky at times so personally wouldnt go alone but fantastic tour

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Cork City Gaol is a wonderful place to learn about this history of Ireland. It has been recreated internally so in walking through it, it is easy to visualise how it felt to be a prisoner there. It is very atmospheric.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Not huge but well explained from leaflet or audi trail. Atmospheric and location with grassed quadrangle so bring your sandwhiches! sauitable for all ages. 30 minutes to an hour depending on you particuar interest.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Lots of information about the history of the Gaol, the events that took place, the prisoners that were kept there.Very interesting!

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The gaol is a very interesting structure and an imposing building. The self-guided tour is really good. There are lifelike dummies and information about each, with life stories telling the visitor about a range of inmates. Not overdone - just enough info to engage and give a flavour of what life was like. There is a film at the end... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Great visit to the prison, well worth looking round. The building was beautiful and the tour was very interesting. A short walk from Cork City Centre, but up hills. Staff were really helpful and polite and it wasnt too busy when we visited which means we had a chance to properly look, listen and read all displays.

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