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Crumlin Road Gaol

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Address: Crumlin Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 02890 741500
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Description: The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed it's doors as a...
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.
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Fascinating insight into Ulster history

We had some English friends over to visit and decided that this would be an unusual place to take them. It turned out to be well worth the entrance fee and left us locals feeling... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Newtownabbey
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Newtownabbey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We had some English friends over to visit and decided that this would be an unusual place to take them. It turned out to be well worth the entrance fee and left us locals feeling a bit more educated. It can get quite cold inside so be prepared. Visiting the execution chamber is optional but the macabre side of you... More 

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South Queensferry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We are just back from our first trip to Belfast with friends and booked a tour of Crumlin Gaol on Sunday 19 April. We were most impressed with our Guide Roy who was very informative together with a great sense of humour . We would definitely recommend visitors to Belfast to visit the gaol. The tour had just the right... More 

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Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The visit was interesting, I learnt some basic facts about the prison as well as about the history of Ulster. We had a nice guide (a middle-aged man who obviously knew a lot about the place). We did not see the tunnel - I have noticed from the pictures here that some visitors have gone there, so I do not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

one of those ones...you never visit something close...well i decided to make an exception - my husband and i decided to do a tour on a sunday morning...absolutely amazing - the tour guide was fantastic and the place was kept fantastically - i learnt so much about something a few miles down the road - would recommend for locals and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Went on this tour of the prison Sunday 19 April. Really brings home what it was like both during the 19 century and during the `troubles`. Our tour guide was Roy, who was witty and interesting. Would recommend anyone to go here. Very enjoyable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Found it to be accessible and interesting tour. Good guide, with unbiased and objective narrative. Would recommend this tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Had a wonderful afternoon at the Crumlin Road Gaol with a brilliant tour guide, Eoghan. The trip is informative without being commercial. Take a coat though... heating wasn't No1 on the list of privileges for the prisoners. Brilliant. Would definitely recommend the trip.

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Omagh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

For someone who grew up during The Troubles, I only had heard of, and rarely seen the jail from the outside, even though it was regularly on our local news. We went as a group (£6.50 each) and were given a prearranged time slot. Before this, we were able to wander about outside, visit the coffee shop, giftshop and underground... More 

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Greater Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

It was not possible to find out when the tours took place so we walked up from the city centre and had to wait 50 minutes, although there is a decent cafe and gift shop (!). Our tour guide was well versed in her subject and took us through the various parts of the prison providing lots of information. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

A good tour of one of the top attractions in Belfast, very informative and good value for money, a good trip.

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