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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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  • Walked here from the city centre, great views over the city. This is a little gem of cork history and although it is beautifully kept now, i would imagine, conditions were harsh when the prison was... 
    Walked here from the city centre, great views over the city. This is a little gem of cork history and although it is beautifully kept now, i would imagine, conditions were harsh when the prison was...  more »
  • the only prisoners in there are wax. Very educational some very cool views of the city from the second floor. I really enjoyed the tour. But a ghost did steal my earing as it fell out of my ear and... 
    the only prisoners in there are wax. Very educational some very cool views of the city from the second floor. I really enjoyed the tour. But a ghost did steal my earing as it fell out of my ear and...  more »
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  • This is definitely recommended. The tour itself is clear and easy to follow at your own pace, and really makes the stories come to life. We were greeted by a lovely staff member named Shauna who welcomed us and told us everything we needed to know. The location is central and easily accessible and the building itself is stunning.
  • Never been inside a jail before so this was a first and unique experience. You are given a paper guide which is very informative and easy to follow. When you enter the prison there is also someone you can ask questions and who shows you directions Each point of interest is marked with a number which makes it easy to follow and referring to the paper guide you able to read up about the event. What stood out was that even young girls of 10yrs were jailed here for petty crimes. You also have an opportunity to go into a cell which is rather small. Towards the end there are some exhibits and an interactive quiz where you able to learn more about prison life and what was made by prisoners Once you done inside you able to walk around the outer walls of the prison and view the small courtyard prisoners walked around in ,their only form if exercise

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