Cork City Gaol and Broadcasting Museum

This jail received its first prisoners in 1824 and was last used as such in 1923. This magnificent architectural set piece languished in dereliction until it was reopened as a visitor attraction in 1993. The west wing, with cells on three floors, has been thoroughly and convincingly restored. A spectacular multi-media presentation depicts Cork social history in the 19th century, explaining why so many people in the city were driven to crime. The penal regime they encountered is well documented, including the infamous Cork treadwheel, while the governor and his office have also been recreated in life-size model form. When the first Cork radio station was set up, the top floor of the governor's house was used for studios, and this same floor is now planned to house RTE's broadcasting museum. It will trace the history of radio and television in Ireland. Broadcasting artefacts and details of noted presenters and performers will be designed for general and special interest visitors. Café, craft and bookshop.

Sunday's Well, N bank of River Lee, opposite Fitzgerald's Park and Western Road (signposted).
Admission charge.