Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

4.6
Admire the impressive architecture and haunting atmosphere of one of the most famous and expensive prisons in the world, Eastern State Penitentiary. Once a thriving site of discipline and order, the prison has long since closed, and now you can take a tour of the building’s unique wagon-wheel design that inspired thousands of penitentiaries worldwide. Follow your guide through the cellblock rows, solitary confinement cells, and execution chambers. Don’t miss the chance to visit the original cell of Al Capone. If you’re interested in haunting tales, ask about the prison’s long history of paranormal activity and ghost sightings. Plan to visit Eastern State Penitentiary during your Philadelphia vacation using our convenient Philadelphia itinerary maker .
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  • We enjoyed touring the facility. Look for Al Capones cell. Pretty posh. We have never toured a penitentiary before and it was very interesting.  more »
  • This place was fascinating! The history here is like none other. Purchase your tickets online as it's quite a bit cheaper. The self guided tour was great and very informative. If you go in the summer,...  more »
  • Came to town for a few days and decided to take the audio tour. It was very interesting. Would be nice if they remodeled the interior a little bit being privately funded prevents that to a point. Over...  more »
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  • Visited with a group and the audio tour was very informative and interesting. There was also the option of additional audio so your tour could be as long as you wanted. The staff were also very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was a very cold day and inside the prison is just as cold as outside so wrap up warm if its cold out! Overall great few hours and definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
  • I've always heard about the "State Penn", but wasn't fully aware of the history. I also saw it on "Ghost Adventures" once. It was one of the stops on our hop-on-hop-off bus tour. I had to convince my friends to take the tour with me, as they were hesitant thinking it was "scary". This was definitely not the case! It was very informative and fascinating to take the tour through the Eastern State Penitentiary. One adult ticket was $14, and we were each given an mp3 player and headset. The audio guide was narrated by the actor Steve Buscemi, so that added a nice touch. The whole tour took us about 45 minutes, mostly because we were admiring the different parts of the site. It is self-paced, so that made it easier to absorb the information and views. They allowed us to take pictures, I don't recall there being any areas that did not allow photography. Definitely dress comfortably, as there is a lot of walking required. I don't want to give away too much information provided during the tour, so I'll stop here!
  • First off, it was very cold today but we all enjoyed this attraction! The audio tour was informative and at a comfortable pace while being very informative as well. My boys enjoyed sneaking a peak in all of the cells and this place maintained their interest throughout. The history lesson is amazing and I thought it was great that one particular guard later became an inmate! There is plenty to do here but we made it through most of the tour in a little under an hour. If the weather was warmer, it would have been great to hang out in the open areas more. Please make this an addition to your list of you are in the area!
  • Wow. This place is an intense place to visit. It was really cold inside, yet warm outside, so dress accordingly. The guided tour is incredibly informative and entertaining. Some cells that we entered felt very unsettling. I am pretty sure I felt the presence of those long gone. In one room (see photos) I felt something as I snapped a picture. The picture came out cloudy, I took another one seconds later, and it was normal. Very bizarre stuff. There were certain places that you could not go unless on a guided tour. The price is very affordable and there is parking right across the street. I would love to return.
  • A real gem in Philly that I visited for the first time today. You could easily spend 2 hours here. There is plenty to see. The admission price included a headset for an audio tour which was really informative. Not too interactive but plenty to see. Al Capone also has a prison cell here, the first prison synagogue is here. Nice staff as well. Most people I talk to have been here for the Halloween horror events but not for the actual penitentiary tour. Check it out.
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