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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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  • Went on this tour during a short stay in Belfast. You get a full tour of C wing and the hangman's noose with the cell next to it. Our excellent guide Brendan graphically described how the condemned pr...  more »
  • Great tour of a well preserved icon of the history of Northern Ireland. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and presented the guided tour with enthusiasm, ready to answer any questions asked, indeed...  more »
  • Very enjoyable walk round a place with great history. Our tour guide Brendon was very informative and funny. Well worth a visit for the price. 
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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!