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Old Cork Waterworks Experience

Old Cork Waterworks Lee Road | Old Cork Waterworks Experience, Cork T23 N828, Ireland
+353 21 494 1500
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A great place for a rainy day

We were looking to visit the Lifetime Lab in Cork for a while now. I am glad we finally got there... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lazmagy
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County Limerick, Ireland
Historical

Was meandering about this area, came upon this experience, the young lady who showed us about was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
FebruaryCorkIreland
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Cork Ireland
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It is curious to reflect that Cork, a merchant city surrounded by water, might once have thirsted for fresh water to drink. And that the solution came from a “little republic”, to be found just a short walk from the city centre. For this is a lesser told story of Ireland's Ancient East, a behind-the-scenes secret:yet an essential ingredient to the prosperity of Cork City’s rapidly growing population in Victorian times. Arriving at the Old Cork Waterworks on the banks of the River Lee, you find handsome red sandstone and limestone buildings and a towering chimney: monuments to that same Victorian civic pride that left architectural legacies across Cork City. Inside, exploring interactive exhibits and touring the Steam Centre, Boiler and Engine Rooms where giant restored machinery gleams, you discover three centuries of industrial heritage: in particular, the Victorian steam-powered scheme masterminded by architect/engineer Sir John Benson, much needed to update the city’s antiquated water supply. And so the story keeps flowing, as does the Old Cork Waterworks with exhibits looking to the future in a city built on water in more ways than one.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Old Cork Waterworks Lee Road | Old Cork Waterworks Experience, Cork T23 N828, Ireland
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+353 21 494 1500
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were looking to visit the Lifetime Lab in Cork for a while now. I am glad we finally got there. We went there with 3 small kids (2 to 7). They learned a lot about how much work it takes to get water out...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was meandering about this area, came upon this experience, the young lady who showed us about was quiet charming, well worth a visit, there is so much history attached to it

Thank FebruaryCorkIreland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a interesting place. It was a 10 min. cab ride from my hotel. ( The Metropole Hotel; see other review ).

Thank Denis L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am so happy that I decided to come here! It is an exhibition mostly for kids but as an adult I totally loved it! Explanations about szeam engines, waterworks and energy are colourful and gives a 5 senses experience - I touched, heard and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited on the 23rd of July and were delighted with the experience we had! The Old Cork Waterworks is a Victorian Waterworks located right on the River Lee. You get a great overview of the history of the Waterworks and their impact on Cork...More

1  Thank jordan_alex1
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Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

The ‘exhibits’ were incredibly underwhelming, dull and boring and mostly damaged! Bits broken off and scratched off everywhere! It gave the impression no one cared about the place and The play park for kids was partially closed as a hazard! Would not reccomend!

1  Thank hazwalsh
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

I visited Cork’s old Waterworks museum expecting to see some old steam pumps and some history on the works. The museum was much more than this, with interactive displays showing how each part of the waterworks worked, the importance of the building to the city...More

1  Thank Pat D
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

Spent a significant amount of time speaking with one of the directors of the museum. He was so informative and gave us a great history lesson on the Waterworks and its place in relation to the history of Cork and Ireland. Even recommended other places...More

Thank hwaz
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

Nice history and good staff willing to share the story of the waterworks, but the exhibits themselves are a bit short on detail. Some lovely handmade miniature steam engines on display also.

Thank Brian M
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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend a visit. Beautiful machinery, well preserved and presented. Lovely Victorian building, lovely design, lovely engineering. We had a great guide in Shazia, who was informative, helpful and friendly. And gave a great recommendation for a coffee nearby, as the museum was closing. Very...More

1  Thank Deirdre278
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