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Cork City Gaol

Closed Now: 09:30 - 17:00
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“wax figures”(17 reviews)
“old jail”(23 reviews)
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...more
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Convent Avenue | Sunday's Well, Cork T23 VX25, Ireland
+353 21 430 5022
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Reviewed yesterday

Very interesting and enjoyable visit. Went on the guided tour, the guide was informative and made it interesting and fun with the stories of the former inmates and prison staff. Had a good few hours here and would recommend it to anyone visiting cork.

Thank siobhanhilditch
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

As a cork native of 30 years this is the first time I’ve visited the gaol. I found it to be reasonable at €25 for a family pass and they enjoyed it , The layout is good a lot to see and plenty of cells...More

Thank Danny O
Reviewed 6 days ago

We took a self guided tour of the gaol and I found it very interesting. Generally I am not very good at reading things and seem to just wander round museums and places like that but I read the guide back to back. It tells...More

Thank GemM120
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had passed Cork City Gaol for years without visiting, until one wet day we ventured inside. It is an excellent historic gaol, with self guided audio tour that is well worth engaging in. So good, we have visited twice. This is real history.

1  Thank Niall O
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Gaol with family and we really enjoyed a bit of banter with the staff. The staff were well informed of the history and made it interesting to visit. It is a nice venue for a quirky wedding.

1  Thank Clarebell1
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this old Gaol during my recent visit to Cork. It is quite close to the city centre and is definitely walkable. The audio guide helps explains the history of the Gaol and the significance it played in early Cork and Irish history. Each...More

Thank WCOB
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here with family. A bit pricey, €25 for family ticket, compared to some other places visited. Only a portion of the building has been renovated. They base the tour on one year and give examples of some of the storied pertaining to the inmates...More

Thank WallaceCheese
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice goal, the audio guide was helpful but a guided tour would have been even better as it was very short. Beware of parking as it is very limited and the surrounding streets are permit parking only and very tight

Thank Tennille B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small gaol with some good info. Enough to keep children interested without being too much. Staff helpful in answering quaestions

Thank jodrake59
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a great deal to see in Cork so we thought we’d give this a go. The stories they give throughout are great and it’s interesting to see the original cells. I thought it was much better than Dublin Gaol. Had he audio tour but...More

Thank EdHudy
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Molly R
9 March 2018|
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Response from CorkCityGaol | Property representative |
Hi Yes you can park on street which is free for up to 2 hours.
Michael G
9 August 2017|
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Response from CorkCityGaol | Property representative |
Hi Michael, 5pm is our last admission time unless we have an evening event then it may be slightly earlier. I would recommend contacting us before your visit just in case.
Salem R
15 July 2017|
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Response from CorkCityGaol | Property representative |
Hi Salem R, The mannequins are life sized for the period which is roughly around 5ft.