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Hotel near Cork City Gaol

The magnificent castle like building is now a major and unique visitor attraction, this Gaol once housed 19th century prisoners!

This magnificent castle-like building and former prison once housed 19th century prisoners. The Gaol has been a museum since 1993 following its closure as a working prison in 1923.

Located a short 15 minutes’ drive or 6 km from the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Cork City Gaol in Sundays Well is definitely worth a visit. Visitors get a fascinating insight into daily prison life at a time when the high walls ensured no escape and denied law-abiding citizens the opportunity to see one of the finest specimens of Ireland’s architectural heritage.

Atmosphere in Cork City Gaol

Wandering through the wings of the Gaol, the atmosphere suggests you are escorted by the shuffling feet of convicts, each representing their particular period in Irish history from pre-famine eras to the foundation of the State.

The cells are furnished with incredibly life-like wax figures; original graffiti on cell walls tell the deepest feelings of some prisoners while a very impressive audio visual tells the social history and opposing lifestyles of 19th century in Cork and why some people turned to crime and some ended up in Australia.

Audio Tour

Open 7 days a week, all year round, an audio tour in ten different languages, as well as guided tours of this amazing facility will keep you well-informed.

The tour is heart-rending, bringing home the bleakness of the 19th-century penal system. The most common crime was that of poverty; many of the convicts were sentenced to hard labour for stealing loaves of bread. Atmospheric night tours also take place on Thursdays at 7pm (€10).

The Gaol is on the Cork City Bus tour, but is just a short walk from the city centre.  Its haunting atmosphere and fascinating history makes the jail a must visit during your time in Cork.

Admission Prices

  • Adult/Child €8/5

Cork City Gaol Opening Times

  • 9.30am-5.00pm Apr-Oct
  • 10.00am-4.00pm Nov-Mar

Hotel near Cork City Gaol

Whilst visiting Cork City Gaol, take a relaxing break at the 4-star Clayton Hotel Silver Springs and avail of relaxing accommodation whilst on the doorstep of all the other major attractions Cork has to offer. Discover our best hotel offers today!

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