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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” (93 reviews)
“wax figures” (17 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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"audio tour"
in 93 reviews
"wax figures"
in 17 reviews
"old jail"
in 23 reviews
"prison life"
in 14 reviews
"own pace"
in 38 reviews
"self guided"
in 25 reviews
"interesting place to visit"
in 26 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 65 reviews
"interesting history"
in 23 reviews
"cork city"
in 61 reviews
"great attraction"
in 14 reviews
"rainy day"
in 14 reviews
"couple of hours"
in 18 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 15 reviews
"entrance fee"
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"prisoners"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I went here during halloween 🎃. They had a treasure hunt and a little prize at the end. I found this place very good.

Thank Caoimhe W
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you are interested in history this is a must visit! Informative booklet or audio guide. you should expect min 30.

Thank CarlosK5111
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A very nice place on a Sunday afternoon, 19th century prison, you can see how criminals were treated once.

Thank Eric K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting historical site, well maintained. Interesting throughout, saw some historical writing from my great grandfather which wasn’t aware of at the time.

Thank Patricia R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed this trip back into Cork's penal history. The exhibits are well explained with both wall labels and an excellent guide map. The cell block itself and the various cells are interesting, but the highlight for us was the section including the Cork Radio...More

Thank Nicholas H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not overall expensive. It covers the history of 19th century prison in Ireland. Very interesting. Quite short, only took about 1.5 hours from start to finish.

Thank ruthmilleremail
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Learnt so much today and its really beautiful. Theres a lovely picnic area in the prison garden...wish i had brought some snacks especially after the walk up the hill to get there..top tip bring snacks and chill. Great views of the city too! Learnt a...More

Thank Zaramc
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you happen to be in Cork I highly recommend that you visit this museum. It is excellent not only in the presentation, but in the preservation of the buildings. I didn't take the audio tour as I am not general a fan of audio...More

Thank TravelBuff97
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Reasonably priced and very interactive. Interesting and a really fun place to visit. The grounds are beautiful too.

Thank Gemma F
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to the Cork City Gaol with some friends. The architecture of the building is really impressive and the cells are are equipped with wax figures. Every customer gets a paper guide with a short explanations to some personal destinies. I really appreciated this...More

Thank Alina1298
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Molly R
10 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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