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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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Reviewed 11 October 2017

We decided to wander into town and have a wander around the Gaol, we had been to Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin and enjoyed that, so we arrived and decided to go for the audio tour for a extra €2 it was worth the money and...More

Thank Moonstone2001
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

It costs €8 (adult) and an extra €2 to get the audio tour. The audio tour is definitely worth it. Stories of prisoners were told and they had sound effects in the background adding to the eeriness of being in a gaol. Once you finished...More

Thank Alana G
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Wasn't sure what to expect but having read the reviews and having a keen interest in Irish history 1913-1923 then I knew I wanted to visit Paid €8 for entrance and guide and set off The way they have set the gaol up is fantastic,...More

Thank redvee73
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Interesting, sure. My wife and I, with two audio guides 20 Euros. If we had kids to take along might have been more interesting. I think we spent less than an hour there. If anyone of note was confined there, I cant recall. The wax...More

Thank JCS07
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the visit, the building is very well preserved and retains it's character beautifully. Audioguides were only €2 each and definitely worth it. You can so easily imagine the prisoners and the wardens, the place is really bought to life. The building is about...More

Thank highpointkate
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

I visited the Cork City Gaol sometimes on weekend. Absolutelly historical place, saved some artefacts, installation renew the events a of old times. The guideline is available. Better to walk uphead. Not sure the buses are going directly to the place.

Thank Galina L
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This is a visit I would recommend for everyone . It is a very wellorganised tour of the old gaol. Headphones are used to give an excellent and very interesting history of the place . The place is very well looked after and you can...More

Thank food512016
Reviewed 2 October 2017

The audio tour (2 € additional to admit) helped bring the Gaol to life, although the handout (no additional cost) had some of the same material. We were led through the Gaol with 26 numbered stops along the way offering the history of the Gaol,...More

Thank lsmkw
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

It is a bit of a distance out of the city centre. A great historical building for those into architecture but the interpretation is very dated and could do with an upgrade into this century.

Thank sccrabble
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We did the audio tour for an extra 2 Euros and it was worth it. Not only do you get the history you also get stories of people who spent time there - men, women and children - some for whom their only crime was...More

Thank Denisecabana
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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