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Cork City Gaol

Address: Convent Ave. | Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: 021-430-5022
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Ranked #11 of 72 Attractions in Cork
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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, Sights & Landmarks, 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 experience brought to life with amazingly lifelike figures, furnished cells, sound effects & fascinating exhibitions.

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Dublin, Ireland
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226 reviews 226 reviews
218 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This museum is like an educational amusement park ride, except instead of pretending you're in some fictional alternate reality, you are actually in the infamous Cork gaol where thousands of prisoners were sent during a period of 99 years. I am not usually a fan of wax figures, but these figures are based on real prisoners, and they help fuel... More 

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I read about this attraction prior to going to Cork and quite fancied it for me and my adult family. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a bit quirky going to the city gaol as part of your leisure time and I would agree with other reviewers who said it was a bit short time-wise but it is was it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Stumbled upon this place while wandering around for the day and ended up really enjoying it! We did a self-guided tour which didn't take us longer than half an hour, it was pretty cool! The staff is very nice and helpful, they have guided tours as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Had a company party here due to waiting to book somewhere too long. Best mistake ever!!!! This place is unusual and unreal place to hold a party, only wine & beer served though so no hard liquor. Staff and good were excellent. Would definitely recommend this as a different place to hold a company party

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Newcastle, Australia
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This is a great piece of history that is simply explained and perfect for all, young and old. We were there in winter so basically had the place to ourselves. Affordable at 8euro for an adult. Interactive, great audio visual room set up. Magnificently kept, and nice grounds. Highly recommend for your trip to Cork

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Very interesting place to visit and I find it a great place to take visitors from abroad as it gives them a great sense of history .

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

While the old jail is fascinating in itself and really neat, but it is expensive admission for what you get to see/experience. The models are creepy, no other way to put it, and I'm skeptical of their value to the exhibit. The literature provided for the tour is brief and cheapens the experience more. I wouldn't make this stop a... More 

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