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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 82 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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Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Great museum well restored. Very interesting the tales of prisoners from times past and their personal stories, gives an insight to the times and how people lived.

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Interesting part of Cork City. Our tour guide was informative and told us stories of some of the prisoners. It was lovely walking to the prison from Western Road. There are beautiful parks along the way! Note that the prison is not in the city center.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Cork City Gaol attempts to recreate life in prison during the gaol's operations. Seeing the cells and the displays made me very happy I wasn't incarcerated there.

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Cork, Ireland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The self guided tour is great and you follow the signs from place to place but they have large sections cut off and not accessible. But still a good stop on the hop on hop off tour.

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Witham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Very well laid out with a great slide and sound show at the end. Conveyed the atmosphere of prison life there very well. Best if you use the recorded headphone guide.

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Lakeside, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

You can't just show up and not do the free guided tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and the history was interesting. I am glad we stopped and took the tour. It doesn't take long to go though the guided tour and is well worth it.

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Kingwood, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I visited the City Gaol during the day time and found it interesting, particularly in reading the stories about the various real life prisoners. Be sure to bring a sweater. The walls are several feet thick and it is very cold in there. I went back a few days later to take the private night tour thinking it would be... More

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Padua, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Cork City Goal is probably one of the most interesting sites of the city. The goal is well maintained and the visit offers the possibility to imagine the life conditions of the prisoners. The ticket (8 €) is quite expensive for the value.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Beautiful grounds and an interesting place to visit once in Cork. As could be imagined, best to visit in warmer weather. I quite like history and learning of culture and was interested to visit as have never been inside a prison, so it seemed a great opportunity to visit one. I expected there to be lots of information boards with... More

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Limerick, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The Jail was very interesting and easy to get to. It allowed us to relive what the people of the famine went through. So sad really but well worth a visit.

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