Cork City Gaol, Cork

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. Find out how to plan Cork trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • To do this changes the usual visits TJS well to get out of his cocoon this visit shows us the lives of the prisoners of the same time for the youngest! captivating
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  • Very good history about what the poor people had to put up with in the prison very harsh.Women ,children men .  more »
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  • An almost two hundred year old Georgian jail (gaol) restored and maintained well. There's a good sample of stories from both poor and political inmates, and a few games suitable to older children to help them learn. There's a good dramatic recreation of courts from the time (not suitable for under eights). Well worth the visit, and watch out as you'd easily miss the radio museum, which is worth a look too.
  • Very interesting place. There is a large amount of the original gaol that remains completely untouched, which is fascinating. Then there is also the museum/tour area which is very well put together. The tour focuses on the lives of prisoners in a very interesting and engaging way.
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