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Cork City Gaol

Convent Avenue | Sunday's Well, Cork T23 VX25, Ireland
+353 21 430 5022
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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.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good39%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“audio tour” (89 reviews)
“radio museum” (32 reviews)
“wax figures” (17 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Convent Avenue | Sunday's Well, Cork T23 VX25, Ireland
+353 21 430 5022
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A must do on your trip to Cork. You will get the feel of the good the bad and the ugly of Corks past. Great tour guides and the prison is fantastic that you can wander round yourself if you wish. Keep and eye out...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thank you to the staff for being so wonderful and informative when I came to the history of Cork city Gaol, it was one of my favorite places to go when I stayed in Cork while I attended University Cork college. I will recommend this...More

Thank Kathryn F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here later in the day on a Thursday at the end of November. There was hardly anyone else there which was nice as it meant we could take our time. At €8 each I feel it was reasonably priced. We didn't spend too...More

Thank Ciara19
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting with lots of great information and stories that help you connect with the past. Without the audio tour (which costs extra) it would have been a lot less informative because there are little signs to read to get information from. They do offer...More

Thank Erin S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This us well worth a visit. One if the most interesting abd moving places I have ever visited. Make sure you watch the video at the end of the visit - you cannot fail to be moved - I left I tears. I will revisit...More

Thank ronnetta2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not usually one for this type of tour, but found this very interesting. I definitely recommend you take the guided tour with the headphones - a lot of detail has gone into the narrative which helps you to visualize the scenes as they are described.

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Thank Dees_Comments
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we took a group tour and it was well worth it. A real eye opener to the hardships if past years. The tour itself was about an hour or so.

Thank here_and_there_62
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

High quality tourist experience. Well illustrated. Personable examples of what it was like for the impoverished Irish under British rule. Kids under six were afraid

Thank Mary O
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The individual audio guide was easy to use and explained all the aspects of this fascinating gaol. The view of the city was impressive.

Thank Seefelder
Reviewed 4 November 2017

great place to visit for history in cork city centre, interactive with audio guides, popular for kids school tours, annies restaurant nearby is good place to go after

Thank Holidayhappydaysl
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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.
8 July 2017|
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Response from Kelly G | Reviewed this property |
I did it in 30 minutes, I went before it closes so there were not many people