We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cork City Gaol

Convent Avenue | Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 430 5022
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Jameson Experience in County Cork
More Info
and up
Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Trip from Dublin
More Info
and up
Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
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. This exhibition fascinates visitors of all ages and nationalities and the tour is available in up to 13 languages.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good39%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“audio tour” (75 reviews)
“radio museum” (29 reviews)
“wax figures” (17 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Convent Avenue | Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 430 5022
Write a Review
Reviews (1,232)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 1,035 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The jail or gaol is a fascinating place to visit. The grounds are beautiful and if you can, get a tour of the inside. Great trip that will take about half the day.

Thank Zoe K
Reviewed 4 days ago

I love the writing on the walls and the stories they tell. I can't imagine being a small child having to live in here and get whipped daily.

Thank Lulasky
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our guide knew a great amount of detail and the staff were helpful when one of our party was indisposed.

Thank John S
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you are in Cork, you can as well go to the City Gaol, although I like the one in Dublin better, bet it wasn't as full when I went there the last time.

Thank EMellmydear
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Live In ireland for 36 years went back home after 2 year and paid a visit. It was great to see the history was well presented and the staff were very informative

Thank 835Derek26
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brought tickets online and was a bit concerned as only had pay pal confirmation. But after email to the gaol I got a quick response from Fiona reassuring me just to show the PayPal email for entry. What a fabulous visit. So much to see,...More

Thank gem81280
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended to use the hop on hop off bus to get there because it is a little bit out of the way but totally worth it. The guided tour is recommended becaue you get much more information that you would just simply walking around the...More

Thank Christine C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit to Cork City Gaol was interesting. Took us around 20 minutes by foot to get there from the city center but you can reach it by car or by using the Cork City Hop on Hop off Tour Bus. In the premises of...More

1  Thank Hesthea
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tickets to the gaol were included with our hotel package and we were glad to have used them. We enjoyed the walk up there, passing through various streets and getting more of a feel for the city then just staying down in the centre. We...More

Thank StarsForEyes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This really should be on your "to do" list. Gives a very interesting insight into Cork's social history, tucked away up a hill outside city centre, which can be reached by foot but best by car. (Bike will have to assault a pretty decent sized...More

1  Thank saytan
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Cafe Paradiso
862 reviews
.71 miles away
Franciscan Well Brewery
648 reviews
.73 miles away
Cafe Serendipity
360 reviews
.60 miles away
Pompeii Pizza
112 reviews
.70 miles away
Nearby Attractions
University College Cork (UCC)
755 reviews
.48 miles away
Fitzgerald Park
447 reviews
.25 miles away
Daly's Bridge
48 reviews
.19 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Salem R
July 14, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from CorkCityGaol | Property representative |
Hi Salem R, The mannequins are life sized for the period which is roughly around 5ft.
July 8, 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from SharonFromKerry | Reviewed this property |
Hi Sorry for delay in replying.. Tour takes approximately 1 hour.. it is audio tour of the jail
March 31, 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from CorkCityGaol | Property representative |
Hi bredamv Thank you for your question. Unfortunately the buses are on strike at the moment. You can get the Hop on Hop off bus which stops right outside the Gaol. If you wish to walk from the city centre it would take... More