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Old Cork Waterworks Experience

Old Cork Waterworks Lee Road | Old Cork Waterworks Experience, Cork T23 N828, Ireland
+353 21 494 1500
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Historical gem within a walking distance of Cork city

I visited Cork’s old Waterworks museum expecting to see some old steam pumps and some history on... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
Pat D
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Lisdoonvarna, Clare, Ireland
FASCINATING!

Spent a significant amount of time speaking with one of the directors of the museum. He was so... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2017
hwaz
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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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.
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Old Cork Waterworks Lee Road | Old Cork Waterworks Experience, Cork T23 N828, Ireland
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

I visited Cork’s old Waterworks museum expecting to see some old steam pumps and some history on the works. The museum was much more than this, with interactive displays showing how each part of the waterworks worked, the importance of the building to the city...More

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Reviewed 21 December 2017

Spent a significant amount of time speaking with one of the directors of the museum. He was so informative and gave us a great history lesson on the Waterworks and its place in relation to the history of Cork and Ireland. Even recommended other places...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

Nice history and good staff willing to share the story of the waterworks, but the exhibits themselves are a bit short on detail. Some lovely handmade miniature steam engines on display also.

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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend a visit. Beautiful machinery, well preserved and presented. Lovely Victorian building, lovely design, lovely engineering. We had a great guide in Shazia, who was informative, helpful and friendly. And gave a great recommendation for a coffee nearby, as the museum was closing. Very...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2017

Loved the fact that old machinery in today's terms helped shape what we do today. The guide was he Paul and intuitive to what we were interested in

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Reviewed 27 March 2017

It's fun and interesting. I went there on multiple school tours, but sometimes it can get a little boring.

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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Well worth a visit to have a snack and coffee while taking in a tour of the old water pumping systems.

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Very interesting little place on a lovely site, kids loved the glass elevator. Really educational for the kids, they loved finding all the info for the sheets and asked lots of question about water, energy and waste and what they could do to help the...More

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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We first visited the lifetime lab last summer and had a wonderful time. It made sense to revisit and see what has changed. We were not disappointed! My son loves learning and experiencing a hands on approach, the lifetime lab provides this and more. There...More

1  Thank benjamin345
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Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

I would not recommend lifetime lab for a family day out. I was told by the girl on the phone that it would take an hour to an hour and a half but in reality it only took a half an hour to go around.

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