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Cork City Gaol

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Address: Convent Avenue | Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland
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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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Prisoner Cell Block Cork

We stopped off to have a look at this Gaol and found it very interesting. You can either have a leaflet or head set to guide you around the 19th Century wing, there were over... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Liverpool
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Quite small, so very easy to see everything in a short amount of time. Some interesting stories. Ticket prices are good value.

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Thank louynch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was a rainy Sunday afternoon in Cork and this was a good way to spend time exploring and learning history. A little spooky. Watch out for ghosts.

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This old jail is definitely worth a visit. We went on the hop in hop off bus and it was our favorite stop. Well done informative posters as well as an audiotape tour are available.

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Alta Loma, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoy this. It was cold in there so bring warm jackets. The guide was great and very passionate about her job. She gave us a lot of interesting information. We learned a lot and I would recommend this to family and friends. Buy tickets ahead online.

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Thank Denise T
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cannot recommend this highly enough. A real step back in time to see how life in jail was in the 1800's/1900's. A well presented tour so easy to follow OR if you wish you can hire an audio for the very reasonable price of 2 euro. Though it is only a 25 minute walk from the city centre be aware... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hi to you all we had a great day out full of history and learning for the kids its part of Cork I would to also say to you call next door to the arm barrack

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped off to have a look at this Gaol and found it very interesting. You can either have a leaflet or head set to guide you around the 19th Century wing, there were over wings and although I would have liked to looked at these as well they are not open due to Health and Safety reasons but you... More 

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Dublin Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very interesting place. We used the audio units which give you information on each different area. These unit also allow you as much time as you want in each area. We would have liked a cup of coffee when we finished the tour but nothing available.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This 19th/early 20th Century Goal is definitely worth a visit. It is very well kept with friendly staff. One may roam the Goal with a numbered map which corresponds to numbers on cells and rooms or have a tour guide. See graffiti on cell walls whilst learning about several prisoners.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to check out if you're into History, how the jail was run, get to go inside the cells, upstairs as well as down stairs, get a great feel as to how people where punished in those days. A pleasant experience, you're given a leaflet with all the stories of famous inmates at that time. There is audio tours... More 

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