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Cork City Gaol

Opens in 11 min: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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“wax figures”(18 reviews)
“old jail”(24 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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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 beautiful building couple of hours rainy day entrance fee prisoners radio
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This castle-like building really gives you a sense of how was prison life in the 19th century. The radio museum upstairs is also quite interesting.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BenPoulpi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take the audio tour, if you decide to visit the “Gaol”. We enjoyed our visit, and was worth the walk from the city center to Sunday’s Well.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank DFWKen15
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an afternoon free in Cork and picked this up on tripadvisor. It was a couple of hours well spent and very informative. My advice is - take the optional extra audio tour round with you as it gives more information than the leaflet.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SgtRoo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A great visit showed how cruel we could be all those years ago . But lets remember if you dont commit the crime you dont do the pain Well reserved buliding but lacked a cafe

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ian B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved my visit here very knowledgeable staff and gives u the feel of how it was for the inmates of past - I even had a ghost encounter in one of the cells and when I went back and told the man he informed me...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank helenmcnally2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very interesting and informative self-guided tour of this gaol. You really get the feel of what it would have been like to be incarcerated here.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Carol C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a self guided tour, well presented and the figures are kind of scary looking. The structure itself is beautiful with a lot of natural light coming in.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank funpower
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Cork is a nice medium sized town in Southern Ireland. Traffic is a bit chaotic, but at least no issue.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KleinerMann
Reviewed 3 November 2018

Well worth the visit - definitely worth the extra for the Audio tour headset. Well laid out museum that you stroll around at your own pace.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sambob52
Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

As a non history fan, I found the stories and the displays interesting amd easy to folllow. There was a Halloween event which slightly disturbed us but it was definitely worth a visit. The views were also excellent and the building itself was very impressive.

Date of experience: October 2018
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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.