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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 itinerary website, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Our tour guide Harry was absolutely brilliant! His knowledge was unreal and he kept us gripped for the 90 mins! Thank you Harry. Would never expected to visit a prison, but it was such an informative....  more
    Our tour guide Harry was absolutely brilliant! His knowledge was unreal and he kept us gripped for the 90 mins! Thank you Harry. Would never expected to visit a prison, but it was such an informative....  more »
  • We got dropped off on the "hop on, hop off" bus tour, weren't planning to visit but glad we did, a grim venue but bearing in mind this city very relevant, again like a lot in Belfast, well thought... 
    We got dropped off on the "hop on, hop off" bus tour, weren't planning to visit but glad we did, a grim venue but bearing in mind this city very relevant, again like a lot in Belfast, well thought...  more »
  • Really enjoyed our guided tour - Harry was fantastic. Very knowledgable and personable. Would definitely recommend or even come again 
    Really enjoyed our guided tour - Harry was fantastic. Very knowledgable and personable. Would definitely recommend or even come again  more »
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  • We did the tour. We were a little late but our guide was more than accommodating. Our guide Harry was insightful and had mountains of information about the Gaol and the troubles. Overall, the tour was amazing, informative and worthwhile. Harry our guide was exceptional. He was so friendly and there wasn't a question he couldn't answer. The parking was hard to find as Google maps led us to the front of the Gaol. The parking is around at the back of the Gaol, which we found signage on the roads towards it. Plenty of parking spots available when you reach there. I would definitely recommend this as a place to see in Belfast
  • We went to Goal this weekend. Very descriptive and harrowing tour. Full of Northern Irish history. I've given 4 stars because the car park needs to be better sign posted. That's a very traffic heavy area so needs to be really clear where to park. Also, I think the tour could be a little more interactive. Maybe a few live actors/props would bring it to life instead of so many videos.
  • We love this place. Each time we do a tour there's more information we find out. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly and it's a very interesting building in itself let alone the history of it. We got married here in 2019 and had a brilliant day from start to finish. Nothing was too much for staff for us and our guests. Everything was perfect from our ceremony right through to our reception. And it was reasonably priced.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed my experience. Our guide Elaine was excellent. Lovely personality and very informative. The time flew in everything caught my attention and Elaine was ready with all the answers to people's questions. Great day would go again.
  • Really can’t recommend this Belfast experience enough! For me and my husband we booked the live Guided Tour as we had tons of questions. Our tour guide was the fabulous Elaine who had already done 3 tours by the time she took our session the last on the Saturday afternoon. Despite talking nonstop for that time for 4,5 hrs solid, she had certainly not run out of steam by the time she got to our experience which took about 90 minutes. We were able to ask any questions and her method of tour guide delivery was totally spot on. The gaol itself, being over 150 years old, is steeped in history and a definite must if you’re into ghosts and the supernatural!! Highly recommended!

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