Opening Hours

September - April:

Friday to Monday: 10am until 4pm

Tuesday - Thursday: Closed

Please note: the Gaol will close at 1.00pm on Friday 16th October 2020.

Did you know?

Countess Markievicz spent 4 months here in Cork City Gaol.
Photography by Barry McCarthy


Adults: €10.00

Student: €8.50

OAP: €8.50

Child: €6.00

Family ticket: €30.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children)

One of the best Cork Visitor Attractions
Unlock the past at Cork City Gaol Today

A Brief History

Cork City Gaol was designed to replace the old Gaol at the North Gate Bridge in the heart of the city. The old Gaol was nearly 100 years old, on a confined site, overcrowded & unhygienic.


When Cork City Gaol first opened it was reported as beingthe finest in 3 kingdoms”. It housed both male and female prisoners who committed crimes within the city boundary. Anyone committing a crime outside the city boundary was sent to the County Gaol, which was located on the grounds of what is now UCC.


In the 1870s a number of changes occurred in the Gaol. The West Wing was remodelled into a brighter, more spacious double-sided cell wing. The Gaol also became “a place of confinement for females only”.


In 1923 all prisoners were removed and the doors of Cork City Gaol never again closed on the freedom of any man, woman or child.


The Gaol was only left idle for a few years – in 1927, Radio Eireann began to broadcast Corks’ first radio station, 6CK, from the centre of the main building. The Gaol was used as a broadcasting station up until the end of the 1950s, when the complex was allowed to become totally derelict until its innovative restoration and reopening to the public as a visitor attraction in 1993.

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Location Map →

GPS: 51.8995105,-8.49904979


Convent Avenue,
Sunday’s Well,
Cork City,

Tel: 021-4305022