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Cork City Gaol

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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...more
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Convent Avenue | Sunday's Well, Cork T23 VX25, Ireland
+353 21 430 5022
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All reviews audio tour wax figures old jail prison life own pace self guided interesting place to visit worth a visit cork city interesting history great attraction beautiful building couple of hours rainy day entrance fee prisoners radio
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I love visiting jails. The buildings were very nicely preserved. However the information provided to visitors is very small. We were given a few lines on a cell or a subject. That included Countess Markieviecz. I feel like way more info should have been given...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank uplands99
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of th8ngs in Cork are closed on Sundays but the prison is open 360 days a year. Take the audio tour to really understand the background of the prison - excellent presentation and grounds in the summer, I expect. Difficult to get to via...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Foodiemum3_12
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant tour with loads of info on the prisioners that inhabited the Gaol throughout the years We did a day time tour and the place had a very eery feel so I wouldn't recommend tbe night tour to anyone that spooks easily. A few stairs...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Joanne O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great old building that offers a weatlh of history on it's dark past. Interesting stories to be read, enjoyed the whole building, on par with other gaol museums in the UK, worth the visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank spamobile
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff were really good and explained where we had to go and if you have any questions about the history of the building they were very happy to chat.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GLH7084
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Nice visit to the local former jail. The guide was very polite and skilled. She gave a detailed description how life in jail was like. Quite chilly, put some warm clothes on if you go there.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank joez1979
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

If you wamt to experience what life was like in an Irish Prison then you have to visit Cork Gaol. You are given headphones to guide you on your visit through the attraction. At the end there is an excellently staged video presentation outlining the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Neomolc
Reviewed December 9, 2018

This castle-like building really gives you a sense of how was prison life in the 19th century. The radio museum upstairs is also quite interesting.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BenPoulpi
Reviewed December 1, 2018 via mobile

Take the audio tour, if you decide to visit the “Gaol”. We enjoyed our visit, and was worth the walk from the city center to Sunday’s Well.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DFWKen15
Reviewed November 25, 2018

We had an afternoon free in Cork and picked this up on tripadvisor. It was a couple of hours well spent and very informative. My advice is - take the optional extra audio tour round with you as it gives more information than the leaflet.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Molly R
March 9, 2018|
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Response from CorkCityGaol | Property representative |
Hi Yes you can park on street which is free for up to 2 hours.
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.