Cork City Goal

Cork City Gaol is one of the most fascinating attractions in Cork. With a dark history as a former prison, visitors can explore the grim cells and learn tales of convicts and their punishments.

Visitors come to take an insightful tour into Cork’s murky past where they can walk the stone floors from 200 years ago that held some of Ireland’s most notorious rogues, rebels and thieves.

It’s an intriguing spot for history lovers and explorers. The exhibitions give a glimpse into the hardships both prisoners and staff endured within these walls for over 100 years.

History Of The Cork City Gaol

Cork City Gaol has seen no shortage of suffering since first opening in 1824. As a working prison for over a century, thousands passed through the gates, with the cells often overcrowded and disease ridden.

Several historical events also left their mark. During the Irish War of Independence from 1919-1921, it held Irish Republican Army prisoners and became a site for hunger strikes and protests.

The prison also stayed open during times of famine and economic hardship in Cork, holding petty offenders alongside serious criminals. After closing in 1923, lay derelict before opening as a museum in 1993.

Where is the Cork City Gaol Located?

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With The Montenotte Hotel only a short 11 minute drive away, it couldn’t be more convenient to visit Cork City Gaol.

After learning about the jail’s dark past, head back to the comfortable and welcoming surroundings of our 4-star hotel to relax. Enjoy dining in our Panorama Bistro or unwind at our Panorama Terrace with picturesque views over Cork.

Our helpful reception staff can also provide directions or any other assistance during your stay.



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Check-in is at 15:00 and check-out is at 12.00. In the Residence Apartments check-in is at 16:00 and check-out is at 11:00.

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We have partnered with PressReader to digitise our reading material and provide you access to over 7,000 of the world’s best publications. Simply download the app on your mobile device, log on to our guest WiFi when you arrive, and start reading. All of the titles you download are yours to keep, even after your stay.

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No, we are not a pet friendly hotel, except for the registered assistance dogs only.

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