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Cork City Gaol

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Address: Convent Ave. | Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: 021-430-5022
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Corks Most Captivating Experience:A step back in time to see what...

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.

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Short trip outside the city centre but worth it

Really well restored building and grounds just outside the city centre. We used the guided audio tour which made the self guided tour really interesting - it brought the place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Vilnius, Lithuania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

When we arrived here first, it was raining, which helped to create the atmosphere. I have been in a few buildings like this before, where you can feel the spirit and harrowing story of the place. I came with my dad, sister, and brother, and both my sister and brother found the place harrowing. It has a wonderful story, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really well restored building and grounds just outside the city centre. We used the guided audio tour which made the self guided tour really interesting - it brought the place alive. A great couple of hours!

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Thank JimMcK99
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The goal is a stunning building, it wasn't boring at all there was a story behind each room, would recommend this to anyone !

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Thank Sophie G
CorkCityGaol, General Manager at Cork City Gaol, responded to this review

Hi Sophie G Thank you for your review of Cork City Gaol. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit and would recommend the Gaol to others. Kind Regards Sarah More 

Lake Charles, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Pretty average tour here, had the headset which meant I could bypass the boring bits.( quite a few) although it was kinda well thought out there wasn't much to see apart from empty cells. The staff were very helpful and there is a small gift shop. Also a film at the end of the tour which I would advise to... More 

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Thank Kaney2212
CorkCityGaol, General Manager at Cork City Gaol, responded to this review

Hi Kaney2212 Thank you for taking the time to review Cork City Gaol. The Gaol tour does focus on the stories of its prisoners while they were imprisoned here in 1865. I am sorry to hear you found the tour boring. I appreciate your feedback. Kind Regards Sarah More 

Lake Charles, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My Wife and I made the long walk up some pretty steep roads to get to the Gaol, and were satisfied with it. I enjoyed seeing the actual cells and couldn't help imagining how the inmates must have suffered. There is also a gift shop and a short film but the film kind of sucked to be honest.

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Thank Steven2212
CorkCityGaol, General Manager at Cork City Gaol, responded to this review

Hi Steven2212 Thank you for your review of Cork City Gaol. I am happy to hear you liked the tour and were able to imagine what it would have been like to be imprisoned here. I am sorry to hear you did not enjoy the Film. I do appreciate your feedback on this. Kind Regards Sarah More 

Greystones, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I heard that Cork is lovely . I haven't been there yet . Perfect Location . I love Cork . Cork is amazing.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Slightly off the beaten track but well worth a visit. It is probably a couple of kilometres to the northwest of the centre and bigger than you would may expect. They have put together an excellent and informative tour through the old jail.

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Thank cjm2503
CorkCityGaol, General Manager at Cork City Gaol, responded to this review

Hi cjm2503 Thank you for taking the time to review Cork City Gaol. I appreciate your feedback. Kind Regards Sarah More 

essex, uk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was disappointed after having walked quite a way to get to here from the City centre. I found entering the gaol confusing as at the time, I didn't know how/where to get the recorded audio tour from. After having done the tour, I found it quite dull, and not very interesting to be honest. I guess it just didn't... More 

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Thank jacquiessex_10
CorkCityGaol, General Manager at Cork City Gaol, responded to this review

Hi jacquiessex_10 Thank you for taking the time to review Cork City Gaol. I am sorry to hear you found the Gaol confusing, we do provide a map to customers with the tour route numbered to try to help make the experience as easy as possible to get around . I appreciate your feedback. Kind Regards Sarah More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to look at the goal as it had come highly recommended...it did not disappoint. Great history, great value for money and well worth the visit.

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Thank Grace A
CorkCityGaol, General Manager at Cork City Gaol, responded to this review

Hi Grace A Thank you for taking the time to review Cork City Gaol. I am delighted to hear the Gaol lived up to your expectations and you found the tour to be value for money. I really appreciate your feedback. Kind Regards Sarah More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gaol itself is located in a beautiful part of Cork City with stunning views out over Cork. I would highly reccommend purchasing the audio guides as they give you so much more information than what is presented throughout the Gaol.

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CorkCityGaol, General Manager at Cork City Gaol, responded to this review

Hi nicdaly83 Thank you for taking the time to review Cork City Gaol. I am delighted to hear that you would recommend the audio tour to others. I really appreciate your feedback. Kind Regards Sarah More 

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