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Cork City Gaol

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Address: Convent Avenue | Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland
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+353 21 430 5022
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Corks Most Captivating Experience:A step back in time to see what...

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.

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Old Cork Jail.Steeped in Irish History of Cork and Ireland.Guided tour is a must see for any visitors to Cork.Approx.10-15 minutes walk from City Centre.There is NO bus route... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Gaol is one of many lessons in Irish History. There is a video presentation in the auditorium that gives a great historical overview. Visiting the cells and reading the inscriptions really paints a picture of the individuals that were imprisoned there, most seem related to the civil war time, and very much humanize their experience and the struggles in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Old Cork Jail.Steeped in Irish History of Cork and Ireland.Guided tour is a must see for any visitors to Cork.Approx.10-15 minutes walk from City Centre.There is NO bus route serving this area.Taxi Approx.6-7 euros.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place to visit and discover the past of Ireland. It is an interesting place but can be a bit cold inside during the winter so dress warm.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a fantastic place to go alone or with the family, history is every where and you will learn a lot that school will not mention. conditions were appaling there in the 1900's. the grounds are really fantastic to look at

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It took some time to walk to the Gaol from the city center. The weather wasn't particularly nice with drizzles. The roads are uphill so it's actually pretty tiring to walk there. The building itself is okay nice - very historical but I think the museum is a bit empty in terms of its content. Not many impressive historical stories... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Have to say that I really enjoyed my tour of this facility. I have lived around The area my whole life and never knew this even offered a voice guided tour. The tour was great and really showed how people were treated years ago.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

By buying the headphones, you are directed on a tour around the gaol with many informative stops telling interesting facts about the history, former residents and governor of the gaol. Without the headphones you would miss a great deal of the information that makes the tour, the time and the entrance fee worthwhile. There is also a radio museum and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The entrance alone was grand, leading up to the front gate of the prison. We payed for the audio tour, because from past experience, you tend to rush around quickly, and don't really take in the information. The guide was easy to use, just press the button, listen, then move on. Even for my wife, who finds these places a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This relic from the past is in a good state of preservation, and simply viewing and being inside this impressive structure gives an insight into its history. It is well interpreted, and visitors have a choice of taking a written guide or paying a small amount extra for an audio version. It's a good place to spend a couple of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place is nicely restored and is enjoyable to visit. But it's pretty empty in content, there is not much to see. I think the price is a little high for what you get. I still don't regret going

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