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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 84 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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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Definitely work a look. Learn the facts. Take the tour bus if you want to take in all the sites. Would take more than a weekend to see everything.

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Nyc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The wax figures ie. prisoners and guards make this place a little unsettling. It is sad to learn about the unjust ways the prisoners were sentenced and treated. This is a good way to be :scared straight." Children may find it intense or fun.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Set in a lovely location overlooking the city this imposing building is a really informative and interesting insight into life for the less fortunate residents of Cork.

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Ennis, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

As this would not be a particular area of interest of mine, I found that I was bored after 15 minutes. It is a very repetitive tour and I could feel myself losing interest not to mention the students. The highlight of the tour was the audio visual display - well worth seeing.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The staff were friendly and polite. We used the self-guided map and it was enjoyable. The information provided was interesting and well laid out. It is a good attraction, in a nice location and in total the visit took 1-1 1/2 hours. It would be nice to have a guide to give more information and stories about the Gaol.

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Albury, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

My visit to the Old Cork City Gaol was a fascinating experience. The staff were friendly and most helpful. The displays and commentary told an incredible story of the time. The video presentation made it feel like you were actually there at the time. A must see on any visit to Cork!

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Bradford West Gwillimbury, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Gaol is well preserved and the self guided tour is very informative. If you are in the Cork area, make the trip up the hill to the Gaol. It's worth taking it in.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The building is in very good condition for its age; very authentic. The exhibits do a good job of depicting life there in the gaol, before the independence of the Republic of Ireland. The people are very nice, and helpful. i recommend you go on a week day in off season. it was not very crowded. Give yourself an hour... More

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Well displayed and the self tour information was perfect. The history of the goal is very interesting. Good value.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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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