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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
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

Worth a visit to see how prisoners were treated in the past. There is an audio tour or you can just take a tour leaflet and read about various items of interest. You go at your own pace and the route around the exhibits is...More

1  Thank AberdeenM
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

We did an audio tour and found it to be a very interesting place to visit. We walked here from our hotel and it was a lovely walk. It was a place worth visiting.

1  Thank A6w7
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Allowed people to explore at their own pace. Would have been a very scary place. Happy not to have seen the tread mill at work. Must have been awful when executions were happening. Captured the times perfectly. Worth a visit

1  Thank Saltdog S
Reviewed 8 September 2017

I visited Cork City Gaol on 30 August 2017. Located in a nice area close to the UCC campus and not far from the Franciscan Well Brewery, the jail is one of the city's treasures. Tickets are very cheap, and visitors may choose to visit...More

Thank AnTeastalai
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

A great and informative day out . Staff are very helpful and its not expensive. If your walking from cork city (its about 2 miles ish ) there is a couple of steep hills to negotiate but cabs are plentiful in Cork .

Thank LincolnBikers
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This is a great place to visit.I went on a work outing at night time. This made the experience all the better. It is a very interesting building and the history is fascinating.

Thank Mamatika
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

This place is great if you're looking for something to do while around Cork. Very interesting and historic

Thank Aisling D
Reviewed 3 September 2017

I took my mum here as went to Cork where she grew up but had never been to the gaol. it is a lovely building, if you can say that about a gaol!!! the feeling when you enter the main prison is eerie and when...More

Thank Samanthar65
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Cork City Gaol is must go for sure. The visit is very well organize with 20 plus stops inside the gaol.

Thank Hugo L
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

...the subject is so when telling the taxi where to go you won't be embarrassed ;) Surely a good half hour is easily spent there, with audio guide you could easily spend 1+ hours...

Thank Olafurhrafn
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Questions & Answers
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