See what 19th/early 20th century life was like inside prison walls

Cork City Gaol is a heritage centre that allows you to take a step back in time to see what 19th/early 20th century life was like inside prison walls. The historical experience is brought to life with amazingly life like figures, furnished cells, sound effects & fascinating stories.

The exhibition fascinates visitors of all ages, and all nationalities are catered for with a self-guided tour available in 13 languages. Guided tours are also available at 2pm throughout the year and every hour in July and August.


Opening Times:

Open Daily
Mar to Oct: 10.00 -17.00h
Nov to Feb: 10.00 -16.00h
Closed 22nd – 26th December


Admission Rates Apply

Adult with Guide Book: €10.00

Student with Guide Book: €8.50

OAP with Guide Book: €8.50

Child with Guide Book: €6.00

Family Ticket with Guide Books: €30.00

*Please note : Audio guides are an additional €2 per person

Useful Information
  • Coach & Car parking: on street parking is available. Maximum time is 2 hours, no disk is required. There is a parking space for coaches across the road from the Gaol.
  • Toilets: available in the main building, including a wheelchair accessible toilet and a baby changing unit.
  • Partial Wheelchair access: Cork City Gaol has partial access for wheelchair users. You can contact us in advance or on arrival to arrange access.
  • Open top bus pick up and set down (March to November): Please see for timetable and ticket information.
  • Souvenir Shop Stocking a selection of Gaol, Cork and Irish souvenirs as well as cold and hot drinks and snacks.
  • Picnic Area We have a number of picnic tables in the Governors Garden and plenty of green space for you to set up a picnic blanket.
  • Tourist Information Fliers, maps and Irelands Ancient East information point.
Getting There
From West
  • Turn left between Sacred Heart Church & AIB on Western Road
  • At T Junction (Flower Shop facing you) turn right along Sunday’s Well Road
  • Buses/Pedestrians Only: Turn left up Shanakiel, take first turn right up Strawberry Hill and turn right into Gaol on Convent Avenue
  • All other Traffic:Continue along Sunday’s Well Road and just beyond the Post Office, turn left at ‘Indian Aagrah Restaurant’ into Convent Avenue.
From East
  • From North side of Patrick’s Bridge (i.e. along Camden Quay with River Lee on your left) drive straight along Quayside
  • Do not turn left or right
  • At Distillery Building on North Mall, the road leaves the riverside and goes up Sunday’s Well Road
  • Continue on Sunday’s Well Road – you will pass St. Vincent’s Church on left
  • After ‘Indian Aagrah Restaurant’ on the corner, go right
  • Turn left at the top of the hill – and you can park right in front of the Gaol.
Map Location: 51.899043, -8.498868
Contact Cork City Gaol

Convent Avenue, Sunday’s Well, Cork City, Ireland

Eircode: T23 VX25
T: +353(0)21-4305022
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