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Lifetime Lab at Old Cork Waterworks

Lee Road | Cork City Waterworks, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 494 1500
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A bit steep at 5

Nice history and good staff willing to share the story of the waterworks, but the exhibits... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2017
Brian M
Drogheda, Ireland
Excellent way to spent an afternoon inCork City

Highly recommend a visit. Beautiful machinery, well preserved and presented. Lovely Victorian... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2017
via mobile
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It is curious to reflect that Cork, a merchant city surrounded by water, might once have thirsted for fresh water to drink. And that the solution came from a “little republic”, to be found just a short walk from the city centre. For this is a lesser told story of Ireland's Ancient East, a behind-the-scenes secret:yet an essential ingredient to the prosperity of Cork City’s rapidly growing population in Victorian times. Arriving at the Old Cork Waterworks on the banks of the River Lee, you find handsome red sandstone and limestone buildings and a towering chimney: monuments to that same Victorian civic pride that left architectural legacies across Cork City. Inside, exploring interactive exhibits and touring the Steam Centre, Boiler and Engine Rooms where giant restored machinery gleams, you discover three centuries of industrial heritage: in particular, the Victorian steam-powered scheme masterminded by architect/engineer Sir John Benson, much needed to update the city’s antiquated water supply. And so the story keeps flowing, as does the Old Cork Waterworks with exhibits looking to the future in a city built on water in more ways than one.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good32%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“playground” (11 reviews)
“engines” (2 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Lee Road | Cork City Waterworks, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 494 1500
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Reviewed 19 August 2017

Nice history and good staff willing to share the story of the waterworks, but the exhibits themselves are a bit short on detail. Some lovely handmade miniature steam engines on display also.

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend a visit. Beautiful machinery, well preserved and presented. Lovely Victorian building, lovely design, lovely engineering. We had a great guide in Shazia, who was informative, helpful and friendly. And gave a great recommendation for a coffee nearby, as the museum was closing. Very...More

1  Thank Deirdre278
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Loved the fact that old machinery in today's terms helped shape what we do today. The guide was he Paul and intuitive to what we were interested in

Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed 27 March 2017

It's fun and interesting. I went there on multiple school tours, but sometimes it can get a little boring.

Thank TheBluePigeon
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Well worth a visit to have a snack and coffee while taking in a tour of the old water pumping systems.

Thank govireland
Reviewed 27 September 2016

Very interesting little place on a lovely site, kids loved the glass elevator. Really educational for the kids, they loved finding all the info for the sheets and asked lots of question about water, energy and waste and what they could do to help the...More

Thank edinsp
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We first visited the lifetime lab last summer and had a wonderful time. It made sense to revisit and see what has changed. We were not disappointed! My son loves learning and experiencing a hands on approach, the lifetime lab provides this and more. There...More

1  Thank benjamin345
Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

I would not recommend lifetime lab for a family day out. I was told by the girl on the phone that it would take an hour to an hour and a half but in reality it only took a half an hour to go around.

3  Thank WinifredTh
Reviewed 18 May 2016

went there on a visit with young children found nothing of interest left after a short time ande a lot to be desired toilets leav

Thank ballinlough12
Reviewed 5 May 2016

This is really good place for the kids to go. Check the opening hours however as they're not so user friendly for families with kids at school.

1  Thank Zebedee1966
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