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
Meeting And Pickup
1/5/2023 - 3/31/2023
Monday - Sunday : 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
What To Expect
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Service animals allowed
Most travellers can participate
Operated by Cork City Gaol
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.
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.