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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 #18 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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Montreal, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Very interesting jail to visit. Beautiful building for a jail! I took the audio tour for a few extra euro and found it worthwhile. I love hearing all the stories of the people who were there as depressing as it could be at times. As it was said during the audio tour "their crime was that they were born poor".... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

walking into the place felt strange. it wasn't busy and i almost felt like i was intruding. however once i started with the tour my wife and i thoroughly enjoyed it. they gave us a map and many exhibitions were numbered and the map explained each exhibition. it gave you a through understanding of what it was like to be... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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Waterloo
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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