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Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 4,400+ reviews on the web
The only Victorian-era prison in Northern Ireland, Crumlin Road Gaol held its last prisoner in 1996. The first 106 inmates were forced to walk to the prison in chains in 1846, but your walk along Crumlin Road will be much more pleasant. The dark gray sandstones give the prison's facade an ominous look. Nowadays, visitors roam the halls of the jail and view the cells where men, women, and even children paid their debts to society. Exhibits throughout the building tell their stories, along with information about the building's state-of-the-art 19th-century design. Put Crumlin Road Gaol and other Belfast attractions into our Belfast trip builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Did the paranormal tour with the hubby tonight. All round good experience. Its in total darkness and winding so if ur clustraphobic dont go there. Great fun though, tour guide very informative..felt a...  read more »
  • Went here today and was a great day! Booked our tour and had half hour wait so had lovely coffee break in cafe with happy attentive girls! Tour was great led by charlotte! She was informative and knew...  read more »
  • Booked the tour on line prior to visit g and not only saved money but secured place on the hourly tour. I will not say much more as it will spoil the experience. 
  • I worked with the lyric theater who were doing a production of a Shakespeare play. I liked the place a bit eerie and atmospheric I had some time to myself and walked through the dark tunnel towards the court across the road and I am convinced I'd seen a ghost. I liked reading the history about bobby sands and the hunger strikes. I think the place has the ability to be one of the top attractions of the brilliant Belfast city.
  • Excellent tour. Rosie was quite knowledgeable and made the tour enjoyable. The prison has quite a history and is definitely worth learning about. Worth every GBP we paid!
  • Great place to visit and learn about the history of Northern Ireland. The tour is great. Very informative with lots of bits and pieces of information thrown in about the everyday life at the jail in addition to all the history. Takes you to all the important places inside the jail and is quite well structured The guides are very knowledgeable and try their best to make the tours interesting and fun and overall a great experience. The price is very reasonable and one can buy tickets online or just show up at the gate. Went in the middle of the day on a Saturday and the tour wasn't at all crowded. Would recommend for a visit when in town.
  • Fascinating history, informative guided tour - really got a feel for what the prison was like when it was active. Dark and creepy!
  • If there were 6 stars available, Crumlin Road Gaol would get them all! We visited on a whim on our last day in Belfast after seeing some reviews online and were really pleasantly surprised at how much there is to see here. We had no trouble getting tickets on the day (for the next available tour). Rather that repeat what's on the website or give spoilers, I'll say that this jail has been around for well over a century and is one of the most fun, well preserved period buildings I've visited. You'll get to see the cells, the infamous C-wing, the tunnel (with original stone) running to the now derelict courthouse across the road, the hanging cell and the graveyard. There are lots of preserved cells showing their original function (some were converted to kitchens for prisoners, toilets, pharmacies, etc). There are original artefacts (prison logs, uniforms, that sort of thing) and lots of plaques painting a picture of how life would have looked in various decades at "the Crum". However, the star attraction was our tour guide, Harry. He really brought the place to life, and was well prepared to answer any question the tour group could throw at him. He took us from the arrival of the first prisoners in the 1840's through the segregation of prisoners during the Troubles and finally to the closure of the jail in 1996. He put in such an effort to make sure we all enjoyed our visit. If you're in Belfast and you don't take the time to visit Crumlin Road Gaol you should be locked up (I'm sorry, I couldn't resist). This is why I save 5-star ratings. A real piece of history. I'm so glad to see it's been preserved and opened to the public.
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