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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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Description: 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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8-Day West of Ireland Tour from Dublin

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Valuable, if only for the history lesson.

Be sure and sit through the movie. It's a good history lesson. Also, If you are a radio nut, definitely pay the extra 2 Euros to see the Marconi museum. The guy's mom was Irish!

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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LA, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Be sure and sit through the movie. It's a good history lesson. Also, If you are a radio nut, definitely pay the extra 2 Euros to see the Marconi museum. The guy's mom was Irish!

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Liverpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A good exhibition telling the story of the Gaol. It has a lot to offer and the building is well worth a visit. The walls are massive; the cells are basic and the stories are well told. The audio-visual at the end contained some lovely music from the time of the potato blight. Would recommend a visit.

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Cobh, Ireland
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40 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

for us our toor took us about 50 minutes including the 20 minutes visual. not too long, not too short. The gaol is a very interesting place with lovely lovely staff, the informations short but on the point. Especially the situation in times of "the great hunger" is a big part of this prison, as the area and the whole... More 

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Tralee, Ireland
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I visited with my family a ticket for 4 was €25 which I thought a bit steep. There was no tour (February) but a good info leaflet which was well produced. The jail was self guided and the leaflet broke down all the stages of the exhibits which was well done. There was an audio visual show at the end... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I had a very interesting time visiting the Gaol, the building and learning more about Cork's history. Definitely worth a visit.

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Cork
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I was surprised how much we enjoyed the tour of the Gaol. They give you headphones and you can go at your own pace. If you only have time to do 1 tourist thing in Cork, let this be it. Excellent.

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Saint-Leu-la-Foret, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The staff was lovely, It was my first visit in the Goal, You need to take the audio tour because you don't have a lot of indication (even with the support paper).. It was interesting, You have to do it!

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Dublin, Ireland
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We've been there in january as it was freezing inside. We had to go _out_ to warm ourselves up :) Gaol itself is good but I found ones in Dublin and Wicklow more interesting. If you've been to either of those you might be disappointed by Cork one. There is also a radio museum which is definitely worth additional 2... More 

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Insightful journey into the prison system of the 18th and 19th century Ireland. Heard they do events at Halloween aswell, will try and make it this year.

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County Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

what an amazing discovery what an amazing discovery right on my doorstep!! went early and was not disappointed what a beautiful place steeped in history!!

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