Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast

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#1 of 29 in Historic Sites in Belfast
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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  • August 21, 2017
    Well organised tour with a guide who was informative throughout. Starting with the reception room followed by the tunnel that leads between the prison and the old court hours across the road. Walking ...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Lisa was our guide and she did a great job. She was knowledgeable and gave an excellent tour. The prison is very large and you do get a comprehensive tour with lots of personal historical stories thro...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    A brilliant guided tour full of information and surprises. The guides are a mine of information and there is future plans to link it to the old courthouse.  more »
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  • Fascinating, informative, impressive​ tour. Very worthwhile and a very good experience. Our guide was a little difficult​ to understand at first because his Belfast accent was so thick! But after listening closely for a couple of minutes, it became no issue, and actually contributed to the overall experience
  • Roy, our tour guide, was so awesome. Knowledgeable and entertaining, he made this the best hour and a half of our vacation so far. Thank you Roy!
  • Very friendly staff. Very helpful. Would return here to shop again. Wide varity of household items
  • Went for a tribute night with James Hushi. Great show in an intimate surrounding.seating was very tight and a little uncomfortable. Was searched on way in and sealed bottle of water was taken off me. They said they would replace it with one of their own but didn't happen already feeling like a criminal before I get in. 😠Need to speed up the ticket office too slow, but very quick to get you out- stacking the chairs around you​ as soon as show stopped. Saying that staff are friendly only doing what they're told just like the former inmates!!
  • Amazing! We had a great time. To see all of it, you have to do a tour and it was worth it. Good guide. We moved fast but still had plenty of time for photos and to read all the information boards.

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