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Review of Cork City Gaol

Cork City Gaol
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Ranked #7 of 151 things to do in Cork
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed November 12, 2013

A wonderful experience, rather chilling to see and hear what happened within the gaol.
well worth a trip to see

Visited November 2013
Thank ANNE D
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Cork, Ireland
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Gorgeous building”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

A lovely step back in history in this renovated gaol. It was amazing to see how small the cells were, and it had an air of eeriness about it, you could practically feel the pain of the previous prisoners.
Models were very lifelike, and there was plenty of information about the gaol, and audiovisual.

Visited November 2013
Thank Aisling H
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Limerick, Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Horrific, Historic, interesting.”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

This is by far the coldest place that I have ever been in and one of the most interesting buildings steeped in history. Sad, sad stories that are true and part of our history. If in Cork a must place to visit.

Visited December 2012
Thank smiler073
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North Carolina
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169 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“One of Cork's best attractions.”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

We walked here from our B and B (Garnish House -- see review) one rainy October morning. It's about a 30-minute, very interesting and easy walk, and as we were on our way I imagined what it would have been like for someone walking to the jail 'back in the day" to visit loved ones.
You walk through the old guard house to get to the main building and notice how high the walls are. There are mannequins right at the entrance to the main building as you pay, with a note in the brochure explaining what the woman's crime was. The brochure is VERY informative and explains each display clearly. You can go inside some cells and see depictions of how inmates lived in others. There are informative side displays. At the end of your self-guided tour there is a narrated slide show.
All the inmates depicted are real, as the jail kept complete records and they were still available when the attraction was created.
While most of this visit is family-friendly, one or two scenes and descriptions will want parental guidance simply because of the brutality in evidence.
This visit put into realistic much of the reading a historical TV viewing I've done and I found the whole attraction quite worthwhile. I would allow about 2 hours to visit.
Additionallly we visited the radio museum upstairs. If you're interested in the history of radio and the history of Irish radio in particular it is interesting. This attraction is housed in the gaol (jail) because the local radio was first broadcast from the building.
However the attraction looks a bit neglected and some things are in need of repair. The fee is an extra 2 euros and you can take about another 20 minutes to have a good look around.

Visited October 2013
Thank travelviapurple
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Carrigaholt, Clare, Ireland
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57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Very user friendly”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

It was good to have an audio commentry so often there is too much reading in heritage centres. The gaol gives a very realistic view of what life was like there and the hardship that the prisoners endured. It was very evident that many os the inmates were imprisoned for minor crimes. Very imformative video at the end

Visited October 2013
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