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Cork City Gaol

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Address: Convent Avenue | Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: 021-430-5022
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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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Stop off on the Cork City open top bus tour

Well worth an hour or so of your time. Fascinating glimpse into the life of a prisoner's life. Very well presented wing of the prison, with a history lesson added along the way... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very cool place to visit. Not only was it neat to see the Gaol but the self-tour was put together really well and was quite interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Worthwhile up hill walk, it has been well preserved, unspoiled and quite chilling. The guided ear equipment is great, it gives insight into the political and turbulent past, of corks unfortunate inmates circumstances surrounding their internment. A great few hours well spent

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well worth an hour or so of your time. Fascinating glimpse into the life of a prisoner's life. Very well presented wing of the prison, with a history lesson added along the way. Also incorporating the Radio Museum, as wireless transmissions were broadcast from the prison, made it a very interesting interlude.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

After visiting English market we headed to Cork city gaol it was 20 min walk from there we got caught in an awful rain shower so if the Weather is in any way looking bad male sure u get the tour bus or a taxi if not wearing the proper rain gear cause it's a good distance from the city.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyable hour and a half learning the stories of various inmates of this former prison. The place is well laid out and for an extra €2 it's well worth investing in the audio headset. Can't explain why a few previous reviewers found it boring, can only assume that they didn't have a commentary like we did.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Myself and my partner live in cork and decided to pay a visit to the gaol, as it's on our doorstep. Entry was €16 for both. Realistically I would have expected more. Don't get me wrong what is there is good and interesting, however there is so much space that more could be done with. Maybe create an interactive outdoor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This Gaol (jail) closed only about 20 years ago. This was were the Irish Hunger Strikers including Bobby Sands served there time and died. It was where all executions were held too. Tour lasted a just under an hour and a half and the tour guide was good as ND you could tell, that she enjoyed her job which made... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit here on a Wet day is a great experience. The setup is great and the characters are so life like.. well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A really interesting tour packed full of information. Fully recommended if you're in the area and interested in the history of Ireland. Perhaps prisons ought to be like this now, as it would guarantee a reduced prison population. Mike

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Am from Cork and had never been. Great tour, audio was good...well paced. Really felt it was good value and learnt a lot about my city's female criminal past.

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