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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I visited the Gaol last night, with 16 friends and work colleagues. What a fantastic tour, led by a wonderful dramatic guide, Ciaran. Would highly recommended this tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Loved our visit to this site. The tour was very informative and interesting and you get to hear lots of stories about the prison and some of its inmates. This tour is sometimes uncomfortable due to its nature but it was really nice to see behind the scenes of a previously working jail. I would love to go on one... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

An amazing blend of poignancy,fun & shock awaited us on our girls day out! What a wealth of history lies behind the walls of this landmark building which we had passed by for years as natives of Belfast. An experience which should not be missed. Only disappointment was the coffee shop with inattentive staff, poor quality food and a coffee... More

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Broxburn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Not a place I ever thought I'd go but it is well presented with good guides. Not for the fainthearted but gives insight into conditions in Northern Ireland from Victorian times and during the"Troubles".

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

My work colleagues and I visited the gaol and found it fascinating. Real history On our doorstep. I was so impressed I am going back to do the tour again with my wife.

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Antrim, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Had a great couple of hours inside this prison, guide was very friendly and informative and I would highly recommend it.

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