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Lifetime Lab at Old Cork Waterworks
Ranked #47 of 159 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: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 14 September 2012

very child friendly, eco mindfulness, clever and the outdoor area is great for picnics there are often special family events there including puppet theatres and such.

Thank Marie C
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

I visited this with my sons who are 6 and 8. The 8 year old really enjoyed it and could recall a lot of what he'd seen. There was a lot of information I needed to read out to my younger son, so he lost interest a bit.

The playground was very good.

It was easy to find and good to have free parking.

It's very good value for a couple of hours entertainment.

Thank LJ C
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Good value, for the price worth a visit if your children are aged 6- 12. free car parking on the left straight across road.

Thank Bohillane
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Reviewed 20 August 2012

not open at the weekend. thats when we first went and were very dissapointed. went back during the week, didnt pay to go in as there were no staff to be found. glad we didnt as i would have asked for a refund. dirty toilets and not much to interest the kids.

1  Thank Teresa O
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Reviewed 18 August 2012

a great way to learn . a very old museum-like building on the outside but very modern and futuristic interesting space on the inside. Learn about the stars, filtering our drinking water among other details of modern life in a fun interactive way.

Thank domahony
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