Cork City Gaol
Cork City Gaol housed prisoners from 1824 to 1923. Now extensively restored, visitors step back in time to see what 19th/early 20th century life was like in Cork - inside and outside the prison walls! Amazingly lifelike figures, each representing their particular period in Irish history from pre-famine times to the foundation of the State, furnished cells, sound effects, fascinating exhibitions and a spectacular audio visual show depict the contrasting lifestyles of 19th Century Cork. This castle like prison once housed 19th C. prisoners, often in wretched conditions. Wandering through the wings of Cork City Gaol
, the atmosphere suggests you are accompanied by the shuffling feet of inmates, each representing their particular period in Irish history from pre-famine times to the foundation of the State. Cells furnished with life-size figures, sound effects and fascinating exhibitions together with a spectacular sound and image presentation tell the social history and contrasting lifestyles of 19th Century Cork and why some people turned to crime.
Also at Cork City Gaol
is "The Radio Museum Experience" which incorporates the RTE Museum Collection. Located in the original broadcasting studios - once the Governor's House, this permanent interactive exhibition deals with many aspects of radio, including Marconi, the Italian genius synonymous with radio itself. In June, July and August, following a guided tour of the Gaol, visitors can enjoy Irish Music, Song, Dance and Stories with Sean O'Shea and Guests at "Night Tour Extra".
The Gaol is also an ideal venue for incentive groups and banquets. Facilities at Cork City Gaol
include a shop, refreshment area, coach and car parking facilities. The Gaol experience includes individual sound tour English/ French/ German/ Italian/ Irish & Spanish). Personal guided tours arranged on prior request. Souvenir & refreshment areas, friendly staff and good facilities combine with this unique interpretation to offer the individual, group or family visitors a memorable experience.
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