One of Cork City’s must-visits is the historic City Gaol, an imposing former 19th century prison that is now a popular tourist attraction. To get a fascinating look into the day to day life of the prisoners in the unhygienic and overcrowded prison, visitors will be able to take an audio guided tour through the furnished cells with amazingly lifelike prisoners and guards. While the attraction is famous for its disturbing past, it is also known for its impressive Georgian/Gothic architecture. The castle like structure plays an important part in Irish architectural heritage and includes circular towers, dripstones and so on. Offering an experience like no other, the Cork City Gaol also has evening tours.
Adults: €8.00 Child: €5.00
October to March: 10.00am - 4pm April to September: 9.30am - 5pm
Around 1 hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The prison cells, the architecture
The Cork City Gaol does not offer prayer facilities for Muslim visitors. Muslims visiting the attraction may however be able to locate a secluded area outdoors to offer their prayers. If unable to, they will have to make use of the facilities offered at one of the few mosques in Cork, such as the Cork Mosque and the Cork Muslim Foundation Mosque.
The Cork City Gaol is known to house a restaurant, namely the Gatehouse Café. While visitors will be able to find a variety of delicious dishes here, Muslims visiting the attraction will have to dine on suitable seafood and vegetarian dishes as non-Halal ingredients are sure to be used. The City Gaol also has a picnic area for those who wish to take along some snacks, and the city of Cork does have a few Halal restaurants.