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Cork City Gaol Admission Ticket

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  • Offered in: English


History enthusiasts uncover a piece of Cork's past with a visit to the Cork City Gaol. Step into this castle-like former prison, and find a museum showcasing the realities 19th century prison life. With your entry, enjoy a self-guided tour of the prison complex, an optional audio guide upgrade, and access to the Radio Museum, which presents relics from when the Gaol was a broadcasting station.
  • Visit the Cork City Gaol, a former prison and museum, with this entry ticket
  • Use your ticket any time on the day you choose, when it's convenient for you
  • Join a first-come first-served guided tour—offered every 30 minutes—included
  • Get a great value, with a tour, guide book, and exhibit admission included

What's Included

  • Admission

    Meeting And Pickup

    Start time

    Opening hours

    • 1/5/2023 - 3/31/2023

      Monday - Sunday : 10:00 am - 04:00 pm

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Most travellers can participate
    Operated by Cork City Gaol

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    133 reviews
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    Brilliant experience
    paris_t, Dec 2022
    Really good experience with a lot of interesting history, kept getting scared by the wax figures though. would recommend to dress heavy because it’s very cold inside the jail
    How life has changed for prisoners.
    Patricia_S, Jul 2022
    The way of life in the old days was much life Dickens stories, gave me memories of books I read as a child. The guide was a history major and new the history of the goal so well. The staff greeting us were very friendly and were enjoying time working there.
    History Nerd Fun!
    Amanda_L, Jun 2022
    The history of the gaol is amazing! All of the exhibits were very lifelike and Informative. If you’re a history nerd like myself, you should definitely plan a trip to the gaol!
    Dermot_M, Mar 2022
    The website made reference to guided tours every 30 minutes. The tour was self guided and quite poor.
    Cork Gaol
    Fions_M, Oct 2021
    Really enjoyed this experience and would highly recommend . If you are into Irish history it definitely is worth visiting
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Brilliant experience
    Gillian_O, Sept 2021
    The models are excellent. The map is very informative. The Staff are very knowledgeable and friendly.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    kevinetxe, Sept 2021
    Beautiful and magical place to visit for a day. Very well explained and taken care of. No doubt I will be returning at some point.
    Paul_G, Aug 2021
    An amazing place to go to in Cork City. You can still see the writing on the wall in some cells from the prisoners that were there over a hundred years ago.
    Interesting piece of history
    Monica_A, Aug 2021
    Was going to skip this visit, but I'm so glad we went as it was so interesting and the little video at the end was sad, really great day out
    Exciting experience
    Marie_K, Aug 2021
    Lovely experience hard to imagine what the people experienced all those years ago Plenty to see and lots of history to read a good guide book giving the details of inmates, great day.
    Interesting trip
    Avril_M, Aug 2021
    Audiovisual was great 👍 very interesting to see what the Gaol was like in the 1800’s! Children aged 15, 13 and 8 all enjoyed it….. quiz for them to do.
    Fabulous place
    DeirdreComerford, Aug 2021
    We absolutely loved Cork City Gaol, it was very well run. It was a very interesting and enjoyable experience. Highly recommend it
    Patrick40, Sept 2020
    This was our 4th old gaols of Ireland we've visited and it didn't dissapoint. Plenty of history and more things we've learned. Visit little different due to covid but still a great experience and would recommend to other people to visit.
    A must visit
    Jim, Sept 2020
    The visit from start to finish was most informative and interesting on every level, (human, environmental and historical),
    Deirdre, Sept 2020
    Well worth a visit. good value for money. Real life stories and easy to follow map with wax figures in the cells and virtual videos and audio sounds.. loved it
    The whole place
    SARAH_H, Aug 2020
    Excellent place. Very interesting to see and staff very friendly. Would definitely recommend, 4 year old enjoyed it too.
    Martina, Aug 2020
    Very interesting and well presented. . Easy to get around.. Staff very friendly and helpful. Limited restaurant facilities
    Rafal_P, Aug 2020
    A very good experience and a nice historic płace I reccomend it Very Safe place during COVID-19 SUPER
    Great for kids!
    Jeff_C, Aug 2020
    Very enjoyable visit for adults and children alike. The biographies of some of the inmates brought the experience to life.


    Product code: 149131P1