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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.
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  • Very good39%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“audio tour” (96 reviews)
“wax figures” (18 reviews)
“old jail” (23 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Convent Avenue | Sunday's Well, Cork T23 VX25, Ireland
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+353 21 430 5022
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Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

As a criminal justice professor, I love to visit old prisons. This one did not disappoint. I chose the audio tour with headphones for 2 euro more, and I would say is totally worth it. It only takes about an hour but the building is...More

1  Thank Beckywondo
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

This was a good tour and very interesting, easy layout with a useful audio guide. It’s suitable for all ages. Would Definitely recommend. Approx a 15 min walk from the centre. They have the stocks that you can have a picture with and plenty more...More

1  Thank Huffy010512
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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Didn’t know what to expect but they definitely did a great job on this tour. It was self-paced and had itinerary for each station. The place was kept in its original condition, minus a few of the major structural components and some cells. It was...More

Thank Jenna R
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

Found this very interesting and well set out. Was a little disappointed that the second floor wasn't open to the public and would have liked to hear about more characters from the time but the information that was there was good!

Thank sandradwright66
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Good for children that can focus on the info being displayed.... would recommend telling your children beforehand what to expect as the tour is adult oriented. Overall a goid way to pass a few hours

Thank sheila j
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Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

Been meaning to visit here with a long time seeing as i live only 40 minutes from cork. I was not disappointed. Fantastic trip. Only thing is wrap up well in the winter months as it is quite cold. Well recommended.

Thank gearoidm362
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

It's a nice tour, not too bad. You get enough information but for my opinion it was a bit too little for the price of entrance.

Thank MyraKokke
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Reviewed 29 January 2018 via mobile

Went here on the off chance with my husband. Absolutely LOVED it and the history behind it was amazing! Definitely worth a trip.

Thank CorkDenise23
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

The staff was cheery and very helpful. I liked the guide booklet and its descriptions where I could do the tour at my own pace. Everything was clearly labeled as well.

Thank Clare R
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

Cork City Gaol is worth a visit, but you shouldnt expect too much. Honestly, it's an incredible building filled with a few puppets. I went for the leaflet as guide, not an audio guide. It was definitely enough for me. The prisoner's stories are really...More

2  Thank Kimberly H
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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.
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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.
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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.
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