Cork City Gaol is a prison that opened in the 1800s to house both male and female convicts. It replaced the old Gaol that became unhygienic and overcrowded having been used for over 100 years. The Gaol became a female-only prison in 1870 and in 1923 all prisoners were removed it was closed down. A few years later in 1927, Radio Eireann began broadcasting the first-ever radio station. This lasted about 20 years until the station moved and the building became abandoned. It wasn’t until 1993 that it would be completely renovated and transformed into the brilliant visitor attraction it is today!
The magnificent Georgian/gothic architecture gives the Gaol a castle-like appearance. Tour the prison and learn all about life on the inside during this period of time. See the life-like wax prisoners in their cells and hear the sounds of a bustling gaol, to really bring the experience to life. The audio-visual show will give you a great understanding of how the gaol was run and how the people inside lived. You can also tour the Radio Museum that houses a collection of exhibits from the original radio station in Cork. If you are looking for a great way to get a glimpse of the past, the visit to Cork City Gaol is a must for your Stack!