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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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Excellent site, great value

I visited Cork City Gaol with my girlfriend as it was recommended to us by a friend. On arrival you are met with such and imposing and impressive building, The gatehouse itself... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited Cork City Gaol with my girlfriend as it was recommended to us by a friend. On arrival you are met with such and imposing and impressive building, The gatehouse itself is quite a sight! The price is €8 per adult which includes a guidebook or fur €10 you get an audio guide. From what I saw there are... More 

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Thank TrevMac85
Ireland
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Gaol offered a good amount of information and the inside was very interesting - you can see the cells and mannequins in there and can feel what it was like. Only negative was that when I went there (February) it was quite cold so cannot really stay too long...

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Cork, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely afternoon out and well worth visiting the Gaol... Despite its gloomy history the jail has been well maintained and well worth a visit

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Salon-de-Provence, France
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was strolling in search of the city museum when I saw a city goal sign. I decided to enter as the rain began to fall: the visit was great. I chose the audioguide which told of the lives of the 19th century people that were emprisoned here and of some characters ( with costumed dummies ! )

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Truckee, California
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very well presented and not in a pedestrian way. Lots of good history of Cork along with the criminal incarceration facts.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We drove to the Cork City Gaol and thoroughly enjoyed walking around, reading about the characters who had been inprisoned there. This had also been the first place to have radio transmission.

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Empoli, Italy
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited Cork City Gaol as part of a conference schedule. We set off on a rainy Friday, but, against all odds, the visit was wonderful. It really seemed to be exploring a nineteenth-century gaol and the guide was very kind and learned. I confess to not seeing before such a very well-maintained place. Worth visiting it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Pales in comparison to the tours available at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. The replica inmates and figures came off as cheap and cheesy, rather than informative. Some staff members seemed less than enthusiastic, and the fact that it is basically a free-for-all, self-guided, no crowd control, made it a mess to navigate with several large school/tour groups.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good family afternoon at the gaol especially when the weathers not great. Kids enjoyed it and gave us something enjoyable to do for a couple of hours.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We expected a little more i guess. The cork city gaol was a basic tourist attraction. Everything was set up in vignets inside each cell. The site was clean and easy to maneuver. Good historical visit for kids.

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