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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
Owner description: Corks Most Captivating Experience:A step back in time to see what 19th/early 20th century life was...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
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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massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

It's not a huge geol, but interesting. I don't think much has changed over the years. It's a bit creepy, if you think about being a resident there, but the realistic images within the cells and the information plaques about tell the story.

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Cork, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

An old jail with its own unique story. Should visit during the halloween season. Need to climb the hill to reach the place or you can take a bus. Info centre - yes. Toilet/Bathroom - yes. The entrance ticket is a little bit expensive for me, but I guess they need to charge that much in order to keep the... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

went here a few months ago and it is a real treasure for the City,well worth for the history and atmosphere, really well done and the multi media part of it is v good. A small little gift shop there too. Most Cork people probably don't go here but it is a great part of the city and its history.... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Very professionally run tours, complete with ghosts and legends! The bitter-sweet theme is that many of the occupants were simply poor rather than evil! Gosh! - nothing ever seems to change!

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

The film states that 240 million people died in the famine. I clarified this with 2 employees who reconfirmed the figure. Where this number was derived, I have no idea. The correct estimation is 1 - 1.5 million.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write your review of Cork City Gaol on Trip Advisor. The film you refer to which is in the AV room says that in 1847 The PoorLaw Commission reported that two and a quarter million people starved to death in Ireland. Since then there have being several researches done and the figure has... More 

Armagh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I went here on a wee trip to Cork and it was a fascinating slice of social history. Very interesting just to wander around the prison and get an insight into conditions inside it, with a very informative guide. Really enjoyed it.

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Clonmel, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We got the audio tour and were the only visitors to the place. It was cold, but then it gave a really authentic experience of what the place was like for the prisoners. Plenty of time to wander about and look at everything, really interesting info on the audio tour, the staff were very knowledgeable when I asked them questions.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

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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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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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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