Cork City Gaol | Day Out With The Kids

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Cork City Gaol

Cork, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

  • Outside view of Cork City Gaol
  • Working room exhibit in Cork City Gaol
  • Cells insides at Cork City Gaol
  • Hallway at Cork City Gaol

Attraction Information

  • Museums and Art Galleries icon Museums and Art Galleries

Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)

Venue type: Indoor

Cork City Gaol will take you and the kids back in time as you enter this atmospheric building full of cells with lifelike inmate and even historic graffiti on the walls.

You will be able to discover different periods in Irish history, from the days before the famine, to the foundation of the state. There is an excellent audiovisual display, with information about 19th century social history, contrasting lifestyles, and the reasons why some people became criminals. Some of them even ended up in Australia!

Discover the different crimes that people were imprisoned for, the rules and regulations of the prison, including the Treadwheel, which was a form of punishment! Learn about the spectacular escape from the Women's Gaol in 1923, the prison school, plus details of some of the prison's more famous inmates.

The Radio Museum is also worth a visit, and involves a self guided tour through radio history with a number of interesting exhibits to investigate. Learn about early communication, try the Morse Key and the Oscillope, and see a great collection of different radios from various decades. You can also visit the 1927 cork radio broadcasting studio and learn about the various artefacts inside. There is a Control area too, where you can tune into the world!


  • Wheelchair Friendly Wheelchair Friendly
  • Toilets Available Toilets Available
  • Baby Changing Available Baby Changing Available
  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
  • Parking Available On-site Parking Available On-site

Getting There and Contact Information


Convent Avenue, Sundays Well, Cork, County Cork, IE


Click here to visit Cork City Gaol's website
021 4305022

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

April - September
Monday to Sunday 09:30 - 17:00

October - March
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00


General Admission
Adults: €8.00
Kids: €5.00
Seniors/Students: €7.00
Family: €25.00


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