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Crumlin Road Gaol

Address: Crumlin Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 02890 741500
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Ranked #2 of 141 Attractions in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed it's doors as a...
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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.
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I was in town on business and had a couple of hours to spare. A very short bus ride from outside City Hall. the tour took about 80 mins. I went as I am interested in the history of the troubles, and was not disappointed. But the history of the jail prior to then was even more fascinating. The tour... More 

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Calpe, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

A very good way of spending a couple of hours when visiting Belfast. If you do a Black Cab tour before you visit the gaol it helps to put matters into perspective. A chilling experience visiting the Hangman's cell. We had an excellent guide named Brian who knew everything about the history of the jail and made the tour very... More 

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belfast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Great tour by Roy - informative and fascinating in a gruesome way. Lots of historical facts but not boring in any way - went as part of a big group and everyone thought it was a great tour. Afterwards we went to the coffee shop onsite and it was very nice too. Friendly staff. Would recommend the whole experience

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Great tour with out tour guide Brian really interesting and the guide was full of knowledge. Like the whole tour the only thing I disliked was that I couldn't go in all the wings and upstairs but that's always the case you want to go where u can't.

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

But seems an opportunity was missed here somewhere along the line. The guide was informative and tried her best to make it interesting but in all honesty there wasnt that much to see.Part of the prison has been turned into a function suite for weddings which i found quite bizarre and the underground tunnel leading to the Court house was... More 

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Magherafelt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Well we were asked if we would be interested in going on the tour at the jail, we did and it didn't disappoint, it has everything from the tunnels to the court house, prison wings, the hanging room , where the prisoners were buried after being hanged! We learned some of the history of crumlin jail, we were told about... More 

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Derry, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We went to see this guy last year great night had by all from the front door man till end of night. Took few friends last wk pity the same greet and meet ppl where not here. It's the greeting at the beginning and knowing your in safe surroundings makes a night. POOR door staff

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

My daughter's preference was for Titanic, so we nearly missed out, but due to our flight arriving on time and getting into the City quickly, it left time for a visit to the Gaol - and so pleased we did. I much preferred this over Titanic and I'm sure some of that was done to Harry, our tour guide. Not... More 

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Telford
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We visited the gaol on a very cold January day, and it's not much warmer inside so wrap up warm. It is very interesting and something a little different. The tour guide Iain was very efficient and reasonably knowledge but not particularly friendly. But overall I feel it was definitely worth a visit if in Belfast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is a hugely important tourist destination in an under-privileged part of the city. Our guide was a fantastic story-teller, and ex prison warder, and some of the tales are grim and gritty. The whole thing is intriguing. Would benefit from a better cafe but really, really good.

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