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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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  • 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 »
  • Very interesting, was good value for money! Very good cleaning standards and felt very comfortable throughout. 
    Very interesting, was good value for money! Very good cleaning standards and felt very comfortable throughout.  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.
  • Very interesting and well presented. Well worth a visit. My grandchildren enjoyed our time spent there.

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