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Cork City Gaol, Cork

Categories: History Museums, Historic Sites, Museums, Tourist Spots
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At Cork City Gaol you can experience what it was like to live in a 19th-century Irish prison. The facility opened in 1824 and closed in 1923, but the museum was not available to the public until 1993. Tour the grounds, view furnished cells, and walk the halls of this historic prison. At different points over the years, both male and female prisoners were jailed here. Many Irish War of Independence and Irish Civil War Republicans were held in this prison, including the famous writer Frank O'Connor. Though the prison has a somber atmosphere, take the time to appreciate the beauty of the structure, designed by architect William Robertson and built by the Deane family. Before you head to Cork, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Cork vacation trip planner, to make sure you see all that Cork has to offer, including Cork City Gaol.
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  • Very interesting to visit, friendly, helpful, staff. Enjoyed learning a bit more Irish history. Very enjoyable hour or two. 
  • Bit of a walk but worth it quaint little pub on the way so stopped for a glass with lovely little old lady as landlady the prison was beautiful definitely get the audio headphones good couple of hours...  read more »
  • We didn't pay extra for the audio tour, but the entrance free does provide you with a great, informational booklet which talks you through each step of the jail. We learnt a lot about the jail's histo...  read more »
  • Pretty nice museum. You can travel in time and see how was to be imprisoned in the 19th century in Cork Gaol. Tickets' price are: Adult: 8€ - Student: 7€ and 2€ extra if you want the audio guide. To be fair, I think the audio guide should be included in the 8€ and not be charged as an extra but that is just my personal opinion. The premises are in great condition and staff are very nice.
  • Very informative and the quality of the pamphlet and displays was of a very high caliber. Staff are helpful, if almost annoying. Gift shop is crap you would expect from a gas station.
  • Very cool place to visit, entertaining walking tour, gr at views of the grounds and it was affordable!
  • Brilliant tour. Very interesting and got some good pictures. Just a fairly short experience
  • Well worth a visit. Pay for the audio tour otherwise you will not get much information about the place.
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