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Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumlin Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland
02890 741500
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Ranked #2 of 156 Attractions in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed it's doors as a working prison in 1996. After extensive renovations the gaol has re opened as a... more » Owner description: The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed it's doors as a working prison in 1996. After extensive renovations the gaol has re opened as a visitor attraction and conference centre. Today you can take a guided tour of the prison and hear about the history of the site from when women and children were held within it's walls through to the political segregation of republican and loyalist prisoners and learn about why the decision was taken to close the prison.During the tour of the gaol you will be taken by your tour guide to visit the underground tunnel that used to connect the gaol to the Crumlin Road Courthouse, you will get a chance to sit in the Governor's chair, view all the wings from the circle and of course pay a visit to the condemned mans cell before seeing the execution cell where the majority of the 17 men were hanged. « less
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Having never been inside a Gaol we decided to visit. It proved to be a very interesting visit and certainly gave us an idea of what it must have been like to be an inmate. My first thoughts were that if anyone who was thinking of misbehaving saw what it was like inside in 'the old' days perhaps there would... More

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Mullingar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Excellent tour, our guide Brendan was funny and very knowledgeable and made the time just fly by. Fascinating facts about the Gaol and it's history and the Gaol has a certainly got an atmosphere, you can feel the history of the place every step of the way. Would highly recommend, brilliant value especially as part of the package with the... More

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London UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

A fascinating insight into this, now out of use, prison with so much history behind its bars. The place where children were once held and later, terrorists. Quite a chilling tour when you become aware of the reality of what happened in the small cells, and indeed the condemned cell. The wall in the grounds still bears the almost eroded... More

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ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This is well worth a visit, our guide for the tour was Sarah and she was a world of information, really hope the tunnel goes the whole way across the road soon so we can go back for another tour. Lots to see and really makes you think!!

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Would definitely recommend a visit to the Gaol on any trip to Belfast. The tour guides are very knowledgeable, friendly and humorous and give a fantastic oversight of the history of both the gaol and the city of Belfast. Potentially a bit frightening for children but worth a visit. There are lifts available so those in wheelchairs and with pushchairs... More

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Kilkeel, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We went to Belfast for the weekend, on the Sunday we wanted to do something different. My daughter suggested visiting the Crumlin Road Gaol. My husband and I went along not knowing what to expect. We would have to say we both enjoyed it immensely. Our tour guide was Roy who did a brilliant job. Would definitely recommend it. One... More

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Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Very interesting part of Belfast history. Our tour guide Brian did an excellent tour. The cafe served tasty food and the gift shop had lots to offer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We went for a tour today not quite sure what to expect. Our tour guide was Ciarin who did a brilliant job of pairing the historical with the dramatic!! It was one of the most interesting tours we've ever been on and even held the attention of our 4yr old!! I will definitely be bringing my family members here when... More

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Westbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Took a visit to the gaol and had the guided tour. Sarah, the tour guide, was both funny and informative. Hard to believe that it was being used right up to 1996. The highlights were the execution chamber (creepy!) and the tunnel to the Court House (even more creepy!). It is a shame that the Court House has fallen into... More

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somerset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Can only echo previous reviews, an excellent tour, with the guides adding an extra dimension. It really brought to life what prison life had been like over the years. And it can be combined with the hop on/off bus tours.

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