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Address: Convent Avenue | Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland
Phone Number: +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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8-Day West of Ireland Tour from Dublin
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Great setting and educational for Corkonions and tourists alike

I passed by the Gaol every day for about 10 years going to work and eventually, with work, got to go inside. It's a very impressive building and to see the facility first hand is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Phelim B
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Cork, Ireland
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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I passed by the Gaol every day for about 10 years going to work and eventually, with work, got to go inside. It's a very impressive building and to see the facility first hand is well worth the entry fee. For history buffs it would be a great tour and an insight into life behind bars during the time. It's... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First rate, excellent. There's no much more you can say about it. If you see one museum in Cork, go here.

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here with my father after many years of living so close to the area and felt it was a well worth visit. The educational value and experience you get by visiting is great and would recommend that everybody go and make this visit

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Vancouver, BC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a cool rainy morning, we walked from our B&B near the University up to the Gaol (jail). Mostly uphill and not for the faint or weak hearted. The Gaol itself is a remarkable example ot the terrible conditions to be expected if one was a shoplifter, or anybody who stepped across the law of the land. Great exhibits and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the informative and enjoyable city bus tour. One of the stops was the gaol. It was not too wordy or ponderous yet managed to be entertaining and engaging. The audio tour brings it all to life and you can go round at your own pace. We went round in November so it wasn't busy.

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Cork
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting place to visit. You receive an audiobook as you walk around which explains each part of the jail and introduces you to some of the inmates. You are allowed access to most parts of the jail whcih shows you what life in the jail must have been like. The grounds are also quite pretty.

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Bethany, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gaol is quite old and an amazing piece of history. Good for all ages, including families with children. Took about an hour or so. Went later in the day, so there was ample parking. If choosing between Kilmainham Gaol and this one, choose Kilmainham because that tour is quite amazing and informative.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interesting look into the history of the gaol. The audio tour is very well done and introduces you to many of the inmates which really brings it to life.

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Kinsale, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting old building which gives you an idea about prison life in Ireland under Britsih rule down through the centuries

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great activity, very vivid presentation of what life there looked like. Great for all ages, even families with children. Helps you to really realize you have a lot to be grateful for.

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