Lifetime Lab at Old Cork Waterworks, Cork

#5 of 8 in Theme Parks in Province of Munster
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, 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.

The Old Cork Waterworks Experience is a 5 minute drive from Cork City Centre and a short walk from Fitzgerald Park, Cork City Gaol , University College Cork and local bus routes.
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  • 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 w...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Especially for children a fun museum. It is interactive and they are involved in the tour. You will learn all about a steam engine but also how you can handle more sparing with water.
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  • Attended the open day on 27 Aug 2017. Very good set of exhibitions and STEM-focused activities for children run by very knowledgeable scientists. Really good experience. Will definitely check out the centre in the future for other events trips.
  • It's a very interesting place. Perfect for kids, too. The staff is really nice and qualified. We learnt here a lot.
  • Not as good as I hoped, but killed a few hours, was very quiet.
  • Cool but can be Boring
  • Good for young kids.

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