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Cork City Gaol, Cork

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History Museum · Historic Site
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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. Plan trip to Cork with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Went for a private tour in the evening. The tour was informative and it was nice to have the space to ourselves. 
    Went for a private tour in the evening. The tour was informative and it was nice to have the space to ourselves.  more »
  • Wonderful visit, we were very impressed, it's clean, well kept. Informative displays, knowledgeable,, friendly staff. 
    Wonderful visit, we were very impressed, it's clean, well kept. Informative displays, knowledgeable,, friendly staff.  more »
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  • Visited here recently with my family.Good place to visit and enjoyed the guided tour with Leisha.Has room for great potential as a great tourist location in Cork.Tour of the outside and maybe more interactive activities and restoration of some of the out buildings.These are just suggestions and appreciate they would involve a considerable financial commitment however I feel it important for these attractions to be constantly trying to improve in order to maintain attraction to visitors. However a good place to visit whilst in Cork.
  • The layout is really clear and easy to follow. The booklet they give you is very useful. Takes about 1.5 hours to get around. We self guided ourselves, but I did overhear some interesting info from the guides. We went on a Thursday at around 2.30pm, it wasn't too busy.

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