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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 28 September 2017

Went for a a conference dinner having been there 5 years previously. Its has been kept in its original state (with the addition of glass in the windows!) and is very atmospheric as a dinner venue. The food was OK - bit too much potato...More

Thank LeShout
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Had not been to Cork City Gaol for a long time and I was very impressed with how much development has taken place there. It is a great attraction showcasing the history of the area. Really enjoyed it and would highly recommend.

1  Thank MSEire
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

My sister and I were the only one on the tour at this time! The guide was absolutely lovely. She was very clear in her explanation. It was informative but not too heavy.

1  Thank icastonguaybernier
Reviewed 25 September 2017

We visited the Gaol for a day out on a rainy day. It was a very educational tour and nice place to visit. It is worth paying the slight extra charge to get the audio tour as opposed to just the guide book tour. If...More

Thank Andrew S
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Very historical and interesting and the tour guide was great. Lots of info on the gaol too which. Well worth visiting but its a little out of the city so if you don’t like a long walk get a cab its about 8euro the cab...More

Thank Citiestraveller63
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

Gives a feel of what being jailed was like in the past. Life was very harsh for the poor. Good informative displays, worth seeing and spending sometimes.

Thank MountainMe47
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

I went by myself as I was exploring cork and it is so educational to go to. It is quite small but so informative about corks and Ireland's history, you have to pay for entry but you get an audio tour and booklet to guide...More

1  Thank ncartwright
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Went here on holiday and was very well pleased with what we saw and experienced. Take the audio tour. It's the best. Well worth the 2euro extra

1  Thank georgecL7876DH
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Do not believe the map, from downtown it is 6 kilometres up hill. Do not let that stop you it is worth while.

1  Thank Citnalta098
Reviewed 20 September 2017

From the outside this looks like a country house. Inside, the history comes to life by the excellent audio and layout. A very thought provoking place, especially if you are of Irish descent. I wonder how many of my ancestors darkened the doors. My only...More

2  Thank grandmamam
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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