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Cork City Gaol

Convent Ave. | Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland
021-430-5022
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Ranked #15 of 69 Attractions in Cork
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
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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.

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Don't leave Cork without seeing the Gaol. My 16 year old daughter kept telling me" how cool" it was …translation: Thanks for taking me to this historical place.

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County Cork, Ireland
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11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This interesting place to visit brings local history to life. The story is told in a beautiful and interesting way by the former 'inmates'. History is brought to life. Not to be missed if visiting Cork.

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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

What awful things these poor people had to endure! A very interesting place to visit - well worth the stiff walk up the hill.

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Cork, Ireland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Well worth a visit as it is full of history. It's wonderfully restored and maintained. You get a great sense of what went on here and there's a certain chill to the atmosphere and I don't mean the temperature! Apparently they used to hang people outside the front gate off a large metal frame.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic experience, used headphones to talk me thru the tour so I cud go at own pace, like stepping back in time, loved every minute of it especially the audio at end

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Cork, Ireland
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32 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The rescue of this building is a gift to the city. The story of its development and various changes of use reads like a social and political history of Ireland. Excellent self-guided tour by explanatory leaflet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Had niece down from Dublin and she wanted to visit the gaol. So off we went . We were pleasantly surprised we found the tour quite interesting the audio headphones meant we could go at our own pace . And felt we learned a lot from the trip also nice cafe for coffee etc before you leave . Would recommend... More

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

Torrential rain meant a change of plan was required and where better on a rainy day to spend a couple of hours. From arrival it was obvious what a formidable building the gaol was and even the exterior structure gives an insight into what was in store. The pricing is normal for activities in the area but it is worth... More

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Fantastic attraction. The overall feel of the building itself is quite creepy but the interior is kept so well that the kids love it and it gives a great impression. Don't miss it. Fabulous trip.

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Curitiba, PR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I love visiting old disabled prisons and this is one of the best preserved. The representations of figures and the sounds you can hear all the time help with reputation for a haunted place. The building is very beautiful, despite being a prison. It's a little too far from the central attractions of Cork, but you can get there on... More

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