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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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irvine scotland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Visited here on 17th August. Our guide was Ceirin. He was brilliant. Tour was very informative. Saw the unmarked graves. The Execusion Chamber was amazing. Was the best tour we did all weekend

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The tour of the gaol was very interesting though a bit morbid in places. The guide really knew his stuff and could answer everyone's questions. would highly recommend it. It was busy so online booking is recommended.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The tour is brilliant, so informative and the tour guides really bring the history of the place alive. A great way to spend a few hours.

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Magherafelt, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Very disappointing. There is so much of the prison you don’t get to see. There are 4 wings to the prison and you only get to see 1 of them and only the ground floor of that wing. The spiral stairways to the 2nd and 3rd floors have a sign saying "NO ENTRY" I can only guess its health and... More

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Stranraer, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Good value for money, our guide Brendan was very good, but would have liked to seen more of the cooking, washing and laundry facilities that were in place at the time, when the gaol was at its ,most operational. Lovely that we were able to take photos, which is not always possible.

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brighton, uk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide Iain was brilliant and was very informative whilst showing us around. The tour was just over an hour long and was the perfect length to look around. Iain was great, he gave you info, but didn't talk at you for the whole thing. He also played a few jokes on us too!!! Highly recommended. We had coffee... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Not a lot to say really apart from the fact that if you get to visit the Gaol please do so as the guide who takes you around is extremely knowledgeable and the tour has a fantastic spooky feel to it especially when you visit the execution cells. Go if you get the chance!!!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The history of this old gaol was raw and still relevant to Belfast today. I found it wonderful, interesting and very emotional. When I found that there were poor souls remains still buried within the grounds I was very moved. This served to reinforce the human stories we had touched on throughout the tour. Worth every penny. In fact I... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Crumlin Road Gaol was familiar to us only from seeing television coverage of the Troubles in Belfast, especially during the riots. The gaol tour is great and there is a lot more history to it than just during the Troubles. See the cell blocks, the execution cell and room, and the exercise area. There were some prominent inmates of Crumlin... More

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Colchester, Essex
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The tour around was very informative and delivered well. The size of the tour group was too big and at times, it was difficult to fit everyone into the rooms we visited. Me and my husband enjoyed the visit very much - my rating is perhaps a little on the mean side, as it is mostly due to the fact... More

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