Cork City Gaol

Cork City Gaol

Cork is a city with a very rich historical and archaeological heritage much of it still in evidence today. Part of this heritage, Cork City Gaol, is a magnificent castle-like building which once housed 19th century prisoners. Take a trip back in time and wander through the wings of the Gaol, accompanied by the shuffling feet of inmates and the jingle of the warders’ keys.

The cells are furnished with amazingly life-like wax figures and Graffiti on the cell walls reveals the innermost feelings of some inmates. The audio-visual show will help you learn about the social history and contrasting lifestyles of 19th century Cork.

The Radio Museum, an ode to the Broadcasting Station which was once located in the Gaol, houses a small collection of radios, exhibits on communication, Marconi and a reconstruction of the original Cork 6CK Studio.

This exhibition fascinates visitors of all ages and nationalities and the tour is available in up to 13 languages.

Tours of the Gaol are self-guided with 2 options. You can take a guide book, which is included in the admission price, or you can also a rent an audio guide at a cost of €2 extra per person. Both the guide book and audio guide are available in a number of different languages.

Cork City Gaol will be closed from 22nd December to the 26th December, inclusive. We re-open at 10.00 on the 27th December.


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