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Cork City Gaol

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Address: Convent Avenue | Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland
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+353 21 430 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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Prison brought to life ...

This jail was well worth the 8 euro entry fee. It is open 360 days a year and has been really well done. Entry includes a paper guide book which is perfectly sufficient but an... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This jail was well worth the 8 euro entry fee. It is open 360 days a year and has been really well done. Entry includes a paper guide book which is perfectly sufficient but an audio tour is available for an extra 2 euros. You may need this to access another language. The audio visual presentation is excellent so have... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The visit in the Gaol was very informative. You get a free booklet explaining all the different "stations" in the Gaol. There are a lot of mannequins (prisoners, guards etc.), so you can have a picture of what it was like when the Gaol was still hosting prisoners. You could also try one of the cells to get a feeling.... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The site is amazing: eerie, impressive, dripping with history and atmosphere. The self-guided tour is fascinating. The day we went we were the only visitors and it was unsettling to be there alone (as it should be!)

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This visit to the gaol was amazing. Good historical information about the gaol but also had a good amount of the creep factor. Both kids and adults loved this visit. Take your time and visit and learn about each person in the cells.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If in cork with time to spear this place is not bad not very big but you could spend 2 hours here worth a visit

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Thank Tom O
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Be careful about visiting on a Saturday because it is a wedding venue and restricted access without reduced cost would be an expensive day out. Go on a Sunday and call at Annies next door for a c racking Sunday lunch

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The head set tour was excellent For younger kids you can listen and retell Interesting stories and well set up Slightly difficult to get too but worth the hike

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This would have been an interesting and fun visit, however charging €25 for a family of four for a visit that lasts 20 mins took all the good out of it. Make the entry price more reasonable and it's definitely worth doing

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Thank Jim B
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Great thing to do with the kids for something different. We hit it lucky to get a parking space. Kids did a treasure hunt and had a great laugh

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Gaol takes you back to a time where stealing a loaf of bread meant spending months locked up in a simply awful place. A time where a nine year old child was not only incarcerated for stealing but was also given three lashes of a rope on his back. Civilization has come a long way, but a trip back... More 

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