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“Great for kids”

Old Cork Waterworks Experience
Ranked #50 of 164 things to do in Cork
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: It is curious to reflect that Cork, a merchant city surrounded by water, might once have thirsted for fresh water to drink. And that the solution came from a “little republic”, to be found just a short walk from the city centre. For this is a lesser told story of Ireland's Ancient East, a behind-the-scenes secret:yet an essential ingredient to the prosperity of Cork City’s rapidly growing population in Victorian times. Arriving at the Old Cork Waterworks on the banks of the River Lee, you find handsome red sandstone and limestone buildings and a towering chimney: monuments to that same Victorian civic pride that left architectural legacies across Cork City. Inside, exploring interactive exhibits and touring the Steam Centre, Boiler and Engine Rooms where giant restored machinery gleams, you discover three centuries of industrial heritage: in particular, the Victorian steam-powered scheme masterminded by architect/engineer Sir John Benson, much needed to update the city’s antiquated water supply. And so the story keeps flowing, as does the Old Cork Waterworks with exhibits looking to the future in a city built on water in more ways than one.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 26 February 2012

My children get taken their by their school and have always enjoyed the experience

Thank LuciaCork
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

great day out for family of all ages my husband especially liked the little digger in the playground!

Thank EllekCork
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

Found this a great afternoon trip for the kids.From an educational perspective I found it more suitable for maybe 8/9 years + as there was quite a bit of reading involved. The outside construction /activity section was very entertaining. The restaurant was of a poor quality with little choice and the service wasn't great the day we were there- a pity really. I would have enjoyed a latte as the setting is nice.

Thank mrs9
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Reviewed 4 August 2009

great activities for kids,they became environmental detectives,solving puzzles based around the interactive exhibits and won a trip to the lovely onsite playground as a reward for all their hardwork.A family ticket is just €7,unbeliveable value as we spent 2 hours there.

3  Thank IrelandEddie
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