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Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast

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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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  • Thought the whole tour was great! Could have been longer as it was so enjoyable. Pierce our guide (sincere apologies for not spelling this right) was enthusiastic and entertaining. Had lunch in Cuffs ...  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. It was very interesting and informative. Our guide was very good at involving everyone and threw in some good humour! 
  • Deserves its reputation as one of the best tourist attractions in Belfast. Tour guide was exceptional, 
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  • Excellent tour conducted by an enthusiastic tour guide. I would definitely recommend the guide. Not only do you find out about the history but you'll also discover where some well known slang comes from!! Maybe not for the young but your teenage sons will love it. Avoid the expensive bar inside for alcohol as there is a cafe on the forecourt outside reception which is cheaper.Money well spent!
  • Been on the tour three times. This one was the best. Suppose there are good tour guides and there are very good tour guides, This guy was great very informative, and able to tell a good story,
  • 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.
  • The tour here was very informative. Our tour guide was very knowledge and had a very good Irish sense of humor. The prison and courthouse across the road are very deeply a part of the history of Belfast. In addition to the guided tours, the jail also has a coffee shop, a gift shop, and a restaurant. It is easy to get to as it is one of the stops on the various bus tours in the 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!