Cork City Gaol

  • Day Out
  • Day Out
  • Evening Tour

    Looking for a unique way to spend an evening?Come along to Cork City Gaol’s Evening Tour; mingle with the ghosts and inmates past.A minimum of 8 guests per booking, the tour has to be booked 1 week in advance.Admission €10 per person.

  • Wedding Ceremony in Cork City Gaol

    If you are looking for something a little different, something unique, Cork City Gaol is the wedding ceremony venue for you. A unique venue, Cork City Gaol offers a stunning and atmospheric location that will truly captivate your guests.

Cork City Gaol, Sunday's Well Rd, Sunday's Well, Cork, Ireland
Open 7 days a Week All Year Round Oct - Mar 10.00am - 16.00pm Apr - Sep 9.30am - 17.00pm
Adult - EUR 8.00 Child - EUR 5.00 Family - EUR 25.00
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Cork City Gaol is a unique Visitor Attraction showing what life was like for those who ended up behind it’s walls in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Cork is a city with a very rich historical and archaeological heritage – much of it still in evidence today.

Part of this heritage, Cork City Gaol is located 2 km NW from Patrick’s Street and while the magnificent castle-like building is now a major and unique visitor attraction, this Gaol once housed 19th-century prisoners!

Visitors get a fascinating insight into day-to-day 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 examples of Ireland’s architectural heritage.

Stepping inside visitors are taken back in time to the 19th century. Wandering through the wings of the 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.

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

This exhibition fascinates visitors of all ages and nationalities and the tour is available in up to 13 languages.

At the same location and uniquely situated in the former Governors house, is the radio museum Experience incorporating the restored 6CK Radio Broadcasting Studio.

In addition to an audio-visual on Marconi- and particularly his Irish connections, there is a wonderful collection of artefacts, including the RTE Collection, providing a nostalgic trip back to the early days of Radio.


  • Guide Book available in 11 different languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Irish, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian & Spanish
  • Audio Guide available in 9 different languages: Dutch, English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish & Spanish
  • Guided Tours in English: every 30 minutes included in Admission price. (July and August only)
  • School tours
  • Evening tours
  • Group Bookings
  • Coach & Car Parking: on street (Maximum parking 2 hours, no disk required)
  • Toilets (including Wheelchair accessible toilet and baby changing unit)
  • Wheelchair Access (partial): If you phone the Gaol in advance we can arrange easy access for wheelchair users.
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Picnic Area
  • Tourist Information
  • Open-top Bus Pick-up/Set-down (March to November) Please see for timetable and ticket information.
  • Gatehouse Café: Weekends in June and September and 7 days per week in July and August

Gaol Quest Team Building Event in Cork City Gaol

There’s a new Team Building event in Cork City Gaol!

Are you looking for a unique and enjoyable way to build relationships, whether at corporate-level or with your friends and family?

Well, look no further than Gaol Quest @ Cork City Gaol. A fun TEAM BUILDING EVENT set in the unique surroundings of Cork City Gaol, which once housed 19th Century prisoners and is now one of Cork Cities top visitor attractions.

Gaol Quest @ Cork City Gaol includes:

  • A guided tour of Cork City Gaol
  • A treasure hunt competition with mini games
  • Refreshments post competition
  • A prize for the winning team

We offer tailor made packages to suit all team building groups and you and your team are guaranteed a great evening of non-strenuous activities.

Team Building groups size can vary between 10 – 60 people and there is no fitness level required, just be ready to work together with your teammates to complete the challenges!

Wedding Ceremony in Cork City Gaol

You’ve seen one hotel function room, you’ve seen them all, right?

Help is at hand.

If you are looking for something a little different, something unique, Cork City Gaol is the wedding ceremony venue for you.

Built in the 1800’s Cork City Gaol has a striking castle-like appearance and is located just minutes from Cork city centre. A unique venue, Cork City Gaol offers a stunning and atmospheric location that will truly captivate your guests.

Our beautiful grounds ensure that you have wonderful wedding photographs that will forever capture memories of your day.

Cork City Gaol is an approved venue for Civil Ceremonies and each ceremony is tailored to the couples needs and requirements and we strive to make your wedding ceremony magical and memorable.

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