Cork City Gaol, Cork

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    Cork City Gaol

    by dila Written Aug 11, 2009

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    OPENING HOURS :
    Open 7 days, throughout the year.
    March - October 09.30am 5.00 pm
    Nov - February 10.00am 4.00 pm

    ADMISSION PRICE:
    Adults Euro 5
    Concessions Euro 4
    Family* Euro 14 2A/3C)
    Child Euro 3

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    by stemc Updated Apr 26, 2006

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    Cork City Goal is a 20min walk to the west of the city just follow the sign posts(the open top bus also drops here) you get good views of Cork as the jail is set on a hill above Cork.
    The goal was constructed in the early 19th cent and was a mix prison until the early 20th cent it became Corks womens prison there are displays in the cells of prisoners and wardens showing you how the prison was run .
    you get a audio set with your fee and the commentry as walk around the prison tells you the type of crimes people were inprisoned for .
    at the end of the tour there is a audiovisual display giving you a insight to how a victorian prison was run with crimes punishable with hard labour .
    as you enter the prison from the main road above the main door are 3 block off holes were the jibbet was erected for public hangings which Cork public attended in large masses
    MARCH- OCTOBER 9.30AM /6PM DAILY NOV/ FEB GUIDED OURS ONLY 10.30.AM/12.30PM

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    Cork City Gaol

    by Airpunk Written Jun 13, 2013

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    Poverty-related crime in 19th century Ireland became a key issue in the counry's history and is well explained in the former City Gaol. The history of the prison and the building complex is put into the bigger context. Cork's City Gol was opened in 1824 and was expanded and altered several times. The prison is built in a way, allowing guards to have a look at many prison cells at once. However, it is not the panopticon structure known from places as Kilmanahaim Gaol in Dublin. One wing with several floors is open to the public while some smaller parts of other areas can be visited as well. It housed men and women who fought for Irish independence and during the Irish Civil war of 1922/1923. In 1923, the prison was closed for good. It was used by the Department for Posts and Telegraphs for several purposes, it even housed a broadcasting station in the 1950s. In 1983, when P&T was dissolved, it was converted into a museum.

    Without the movie, you should plan around an hour to see the Gaol. The movie shown there is very informative, but not really entertaining. Avoid that if you are there with kids or anyone who can't sit still for half an hour.

    Entry fee for adults is 8,00€ (2013), please check the website for concessions. The audioguide (3,00 €, 2013) is highly recommended for the detailled information. I like the fact that they used good old walkmans for that - people who have used the Nintendos in the Louvre may feel like time travellers. The National Radio Museum is located here as well, however I cannot say anything about it.

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    • Architecture

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    Cork City Gaol

    by Waoife Updated Jul 22, 2010

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    Inside the Gaol

    I've never been there myself (I know I know - one of these days!!) but I've been told that this is worth checking out - especially if it's a 'soft day' (rainy in case you were wondering) in Cork!

    Taped tours are available in several languages

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    Visit the Cork Gaol. A rather...

    by dracko Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Visit the Cork Gaol. A rather interesting place. See what jails were like back when your great-great-grandparents were young. They've reconstructed a good section of the building and you can even try to sneak a peak into the sections that are still closed off. Very educational if you can overcome the somewhat cheesy manequins in the cells. Try to go on a weekday, that way you avoid the crowds.

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    Creepy

    by kevarms Updated Nov 18, 2006

    This place was hard to find, around some of the steepest streets I've ever seen in an urban area. It was a good place to spend half a day though once we had found it. Visitors can walk around the jail, with a recorded commentary to explain about the history. Not surprisingly the place is said to be haunted. There is also the Radio Museum here (why here I don't know) which covers the history of, you guessed it, radio.

    Opening Hours:
    Mar-Oct 9.30-6.00
    Nov-Feb 10.00-5.00

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    Old Womens Prison

    by roamingpaddy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    For an errie experience and a step back in time,this is well worth a visit as you step back in time when you enter this old prison

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    • Budget Travel
    • Women's Travel
    • Backpacking

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