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Cork City Gaol

Convent Avenue | Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 430 5022
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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%
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“audio tour” (76 reviews)
“radio museum” (29 reviews)
“wax figures” (17 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Convent Avenue | Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 430 5022
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Reviewed yesterday

The gaol has some good replicas of people who spent time in the gaol and their stories, bringing it all to life. The tour was included in the entry price and was worthwhile. The guide was entertaining and informative. There are some displays as well....More

Thank 22CandD22
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a good time taking the kids. Didn't think there would be much but was very impressed and it made a good afternoon out. We didn't get a tour guide as with young children thought probably best to go with the flow!

Thank chloengregg
Reviewed 2 days ago

We took the guided tour and this was a good choice. The guide explained many different aspects of the goal and I learned a lot. There was the history of the gaol itself along with some very personal stories about some of the inmates. It...More

Thank Bull44
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit, I have bring twice and I loved it both times. The only down side is you only get to see the newer part of the jail, I would of loved to see the older cells but they are blocked off and...More

Thank Grahammullally
Reviewed 3 days ago

As others have said, it is not the easiest place to get to by foot. I suspect Cork City does not expect people to walk their either, as there weren't many signposts for pedestrians to lead there. The museum itself is impressive and I thought...More

Thank Chelidona
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We spent a fascinating couple of hours at the Cork City Gaol. €25 for a family of 5 was great value and we had a hugely interesting tour for which we luckily dropped in just at the right time. David was our tour guide and...More

Thank robhill99
Reviewed 5 days ago

Life size figures throughout the gaol was great way to depict prison life. We had an informative tour with guide Gary who really knew his stuff.

Thank 54corrine2017
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Marvellous! If you have never been in a prision, you should go to this. Amazing stories about the prisioners. 8€ for adults. If you have a students card 1€less. It's worth.

Thank Buquilandia
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent chance to see how prison for even relatively minor offences were harshly punishes in times gone by.

Thank Graham H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As we paid (€8pp) we were advised of 3 options to tour the gaol. Either take booklet and read, rent earphones (€2pp) to listen to information our take the guided tour at no extra cost. We opted for the guided tour which was excellently delivered...More

Thank Bmcmullan847
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Michael G
August 9, 2017|
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Response from CorkCityGaol | Property representative |
Hi Michael, 5pm is our last admission time unless we have an evening event then it may be slightly earlier. I would recommend contacting us before your visit just in case.
Salem R
July 14, 2017|
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Response from CorkCityGaol | Property representative |
Hi Salem R, The mannequins are life sized for the period which is roughly around 5ft.
July 8, 2017|
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Response from Malcolm R | Reviewed this property |
i went with family with 2 boys we took about 2 hours from parking untill we got back to car time well spent mornings are the best time to