Cork City Gaol

Cork City Gaol information

Cork City , Ireland
Convent Ave
Sunday's Well
+353 21 430 5022
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adult/child €8/4.50
Opening hours
9.30am-5pm Apr-Oct, 10am-4pm Nov-Mar
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This imposing former prison is well worth a visit, if only to get a sense of how crap life was for prisoners a century ago. An audio tour guides you around the restored cells, which feature models of suffering prisoners and sadistic-looking guards. It's very moving, bringing home the harshness of the 19th-century penal system. The most common crime was that of poverty; many of the inmates were sentenced to hard labour for stealing loaves of bread.

The prison closed in 1923, reopening in 1927 as a radio station, so the Governor's House has been converted into the Radio Museum Experience . Alongside collections of beautiful old radios you can hear the story of Guglielmo Marconi's conquest of the airwaves.

Atmospheric night tours take place on Thursday at 7pm (€10).

You can walk from the city centre, or take a bus from the bus station to the UCC – from there walk north across Fitzgerald Park, over Mardyke Bridge, along the Banks of the River Lee Walkway and follow the signs up the hill.