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Cork City Gaol

Closed Now: 10:00 - 16:00
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“audio tour”(94 reviews)
“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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All reviews audio tour wax figures old jail prison life own pace self guided worth a visit interesting place to visit cork city interesting history great attraction couple of hours beautiful building rainy day entrance fee prisoners radio
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Reviewed today

If you want to get a feel for the history of Cork, what it was like for a large part of the population, you need to visit the City Gaol. This is a self paced self guided tour is best enjoyed by spending a couple...More

Thank Tania J
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fantastic historical tour of the old Cork prison during British rule. it's a magnificent building that has been kept as it once was. Very interesting and well worth a visit.

Thank Niall H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A self guided audio tour was well conceived. The tour was both interesting and historically relevant. The jail commons looks more beautiful than one would imagine. Not a place anyone wanted to be - but the times were hard. Fascinating radio exhibit is also contained...More

Thank Mitchell F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decided on a break from geocaching and this was a fascinating historical journey. Would recommend paying a couple of Euro more for the audio tour as it doubtless enhanced the experience. Times were harsh in those days if you were poor and either hungry or...More

Thank Keith1612
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit, we went on a Sunday morning, very welcoming staff, nice and quiet so we got to hear all the stories from the guide in depth and take our time looking around and see the history

1  Thank laura h
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The audio guide is €2 in addition to the entry fee but it does give visitors the needed historical background to understand how inmates were incarcerated in the past. It would be better for more areas of the prison to be opened to the public...More

Thank quiche95
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the gaol on cool autumn day easy to park just outside and reasonably priced. Quite an impressive building and a very good audio tour which you pay 2 euro more for but well worth it as it is numbered as you move around...More

Thank 58sparrow
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the self guided tour where you can listen about the history of the jail through headphones. Interesting characters.

Thank 1967Marc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This historic building is a Must Visit if you are in Cork. The guided tour was both amusing and very informative. To truly understand daily life in Cork so many years ago you need to visit this place. Amazing stories and sights. Well worth the...More

1  Thank 863bertb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This should not be missed if you are in Cork. The building is still intact and you can wander round and go in and out of the cells. It still has quite a chilling atmosphere.

Thank Anne M
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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.