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Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumlin Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland
02890 741500
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Ranked #3 of 144 attractions in Belfast
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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

This tour was interesting and the guide has a wealth of knowledge about life in the gaol. If going in winter or anytime for that matter - wrap up warm, the buildings are really cold and when you go into the tunnel which adjoined the court house it is damp and wet underfoot, not the place for a t.shirt and... More

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Northern ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

What a great attraction, and a credit to Belfast. Took some friends to the Gaol on their first trip over to Northern Ireland and have to say felt quite proud that this is a local attraction. Our guide, Eoghan was fantastic offering insight and history getting it across so everyone understood and with humour to keep everyone smiling. Great day,... More

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wrexham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

long time on your feet and was very cold. but seeing how they lived and how some died, well worth it

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Trumbull, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Sarah was our guide and she was fantastic! The tour was good (but cold- bring an extra jacket!) and very interesting. It is NOT for kids. Seeing where prisoners died was shocking... They are continuing to add more cells (they were working on the padded cell when we were there) and will hopefully continue the tour into the court house... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I visited belfast april 10th and cama across the prison whilst on a sight seeing bus so me and a friend decided it would be intetesting to take a look it wss great and very interesting the guide was good and informative I took some pictures in the condemed mans cell and in the hanging room and various places was... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the jail. Our guide was called Eoghan & he told us everything in great detail. An hour well spent, would recommend the tour

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited today with partner and was very iimpressed. Live 2 minutes away and always bypassed it and today decided to go in. Really glad we did. The guide was excellent with his knowledge and humor and the over all experience was very good. Definitely recommend it.

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northampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

A bit scary but worth a visit staff very good could ask them anything ,wear something warm as its a cold place, interesting to know the history of the jail

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

this - it's fascinating. The guide shared personal connections and told a good story. Would have liked more time there.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Having lived through the troubles, it was very interesting to put in your mind, the pictures of what this place must of been like in the 70's, 80's and early 90's! The goal seems to of been restored into it's Victorian condition. It would of been good to of seen one of the wings the way it would of been... More

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Crumlin_Road_Gaol, Manager at Crumlin Road Gaol, responded to this review

Hi makrp, Thank you for taking the time to review your tour of Crumlin Road Gaol. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed your tour and that your tour guiide made a positive impression. We hope to see you back again soon to experience our Breakout tour or Paranormal tour. Thank you, Crumlin Road Gaol More

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