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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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A great historical asset!

Cork City Gaol is a great historical asset close enough to the centre of the city and easy to get there. Aside from the building itself is the history if people who helped shape... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

I was totally blown away by this visit. One was able to see how jail conditions pre 1900s. Was also very informative. There was even mini shows, e.g. experience of being in a cell etc. What I thought disturbing was to learn of why so many young children and women were sent to prison for very petty things e.g. stealing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Cork City Gaol is a great historical asset close enough to the centre of the city and easy to get there. Aside from the building itself is the history if people who helped shape a nation - This is a must-see for parents with kids too it brings history alive and there is always something happening there so they will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

As the title suggests, the walk from Cork city to the jail is a bit of a haul, and all up hill, so keep that in mind. The walk itself is lovely with many picture opportunities. The jail was quiet when my wife and I visited, but the attendant was friendly and helpful and the visit itself was informative. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Would have been better on a guided tour, but very interesting to learn about the history. Worth visiting!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This tour is completely self guided and not worth €8. The staff were not friendly. The pamphlet they give you is all you need. It has the entire tour on there with pictures. You can do this tour in 30 minutes. If you want to learn about this Gaol then just grab the pamphlet, walk away and find something else... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Interesting place, including the radio exhibition, but a lot further up the hill than the map shows. Also, the closing time is 5pm whereas some of the brochures stated last entry at 5pm.

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Horsham, PA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A friend and I went to the Gaol on a Wednesday morning. It was not crowded and we did the tour on our own. They give you a guide with information so you can learn about parts of the attraction. It was a really neat part of history to see and learn about but the slide show at the end... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed the visit looking in to cells finding out the history etc.enjoyed By us all could be boring for younger age group unless very interested in history.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

To see the lives of poor women locked up for stealing a book/some kitchen implements to help feed a baby is very salutatory! Luckily the prison closed in 1923. There was very little humanity in this place 100 years ago - just lice and disease and cold!

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This establishment is located a bit out of town, just about in walking distance from the centre if you're reasonably fit. Unfortunately it is badly signposted, and difficult to find, as it is at the top of a side road, with no sign at the junction. However, once you've found it, it's a very interesting experience. Part of the original... More 

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