Cork City Gaol
Cork City Gaol
4.5
Historic SitesHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 & fascinating exhibitions. This exhibition fascinates visitors of all ages and nationalities and the tour is available in up to 13 languages.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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MICK0950
Hinckley, United Kingdom473 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We enjoyed touring round and found the audio guide one of the bet we had used. There was plenty to see and quiz and video presentation also held our attention.
Enjoyed the Radio Museum and account by Marconi upstairs too.
Written March 9, 2020
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Diarmaid C
Dublin, Ireland50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The number of tourist attractions and things to do in Cork is a bit limited particularly, in a time when all the wet pubs are closed due Covid. However, the old Cork City gaol is well worth a visit. Very informative visuals and audio visuals to help you get a feel for what it was like when it was a functioning gaol.
Written August 28, 2020
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Shipahoyahoy
Portsmouth, UK675 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A 15 minute walk from the centre of Cork. But be aware that signs to the Gaol or moved to point in the wrong direction. I walked way out of my way because I followed a sign that was pointing away from the goal! Thank goodness for a local who redirected me. It is a pity that when I mentioned this at the ticket desk I was told "It happens often, nothing we can do." I too work in a museum and felt the reply should have been "Very sorry, it happens often. I shall get onto the council immediately and ask for the sign to be correctly positioned." Other than that, I though the two ladies greeting visitors on entering the gaol were welcoming, helpful and very enthusiastic. The goal interesting. The audio trail informative. As it was pouring with rain I didn't look round the grounds outside of the gaol. Well worth a visit.
Written March 12, 2024
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Amanda F
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
We were lucky enough to have our wedding ceremony at the cork city gaol, yes it may seem like an odd venue but it is an option on their site and turned out to be the best choice! I worked with Sarah via email to plan our day and she went above and beyond to make our day perfect! We had the entire west wings to ourselves for 2 hours and they set up everything for us.

Secondly we had a group of 18 coming with us from the USA for our wedding, Sarah set us up with a guided tour the day before our wedding. The history of the Gaol was so interesting and the guided tour allowed us to ask all the questions, the adults and kids really enjoyed it! I would highly recommend visiting the Gaol!
Written October 5, 2022
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Melanie S
18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
I don't know why but I expected a lot less of an experience when we started the tour. What an amazing a day we had! The staff were unbelievably friendly, the gaol itself was incredibly evocative thanks to the personable stories and the historical restoration. It is close to the city centre and easy to find. Definitely a jewel in Cork's crown. Highly recommended.
Written April 28, 2023
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Eileen2429
County Kerry, Ireland9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
I was really struck by the beautiful building as we entered the Cork City Gaol. My daughter and I visited in February and we were well impressed, we did the tour ourselves with headphones and it was fantastic. My goodness they had a dreadful time in Jail back then. It is very well set up and the the information is very well presented. We spend almost two hours and went back over a few things. It’s well worth a visit, and definitely put it on your list when you visit. It’s well preserved, and well thought out.
Written March 4, 2020
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Flamingo D
Ohio City, OH7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Walked here from the city centre, great views over the city. This is a little gem of cork history and although it is beautifully kept now, i would imagine, conditions were harsh when the prison was open. Great interaction and informative. Lovely little gist shop.
Written May 9, 2022
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eva-diva1029
Marysville, CA136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This was such a fun and interesting place to visit. So much history packed into this building. It reminded me of the Alcatraz tour in San Francisco. I will say that I was a bit disappointed in the halloween decorations that they had out up. There was a scavenger hunt they were doing for the kids which was awesome, however the skeletons and ghosts kind of messed up the aesthetic of my photos.
Written February 8, 2023
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Stephen D
Belfast, UK215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Cork doesn’t have too many visiting attractions so this is a must see. We chose the interactive audio self tour, this really brings the prisoner stories to life. The Gaol grounds are also worth spending some time in. Would recommend highly.
Written September 5, 2020
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Flyer4797
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Its quite a walk from the center of Cork city to the Gaol, and mostly uphill, so if you aren't capable of walking a good ways, I'd suggest finding a cab. Although if you can walk the distance, maybe a mile or two, it is an enjoyable walk. The Gaol itself is toured using a casett recording that giudes you through. It is a pretty emotional experience if you have Irish roots, and especially more so if your family was from the Cork area. If I were back with friends who had never seen it, I'd definately go again, worth the walk. My only complaint other than tired feet, is that the recordings are a different paces it seems like so I was far ahead of the people that went in the same time I did, while others were lagging way behind the main group.
Written July 22, 2004
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Cork City Gaol admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost $13.99, while a popular guided tour starts around $23.99 per person.



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