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Crumlin Road Gaol

Address: Crumlin Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 02890 741500
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed it's doors as a...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Hours:
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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Ballymoney, null, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Guide was very knowledgeable and witty. Very interesting. Would wrap up warm as it's very cold though this adds to the effect of its spookiness!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

A fairly short walk from the City Centre and along Crumlin Road will bring you to the gaol, which of course featured significantly in the recent "troubles" but which has a history going back much further. The knowledgable guide made for a very enjoyable and atmospheric experience at a very modest admission price.

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

I took the city sightseeing bus on Thursday 11th December 2014 and got off at the Crumlin Rd Gaol. From the moment I walked into the Reception/ticket office, the experience was nothing short of excellent. My tour started at 1pm and we were taken on it by our guide Brian. I must say that Brian was incredible throughout the tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Did a tour of Crumlin Road Gaol today, it was very good, lasted about 1 1/2 hours, the tour guide Brian was great, very informative and knowledgeable.

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

A great stop in Derry to further understand The Troubles of Ireland. To really appreciate what Northern Irish Catholics went through places such as this bring deeper meaning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Our party was seated in the Tunnel beside the bar in the basement. The colour of your armband denoted which floor/room your table was in. The meal was excellent. After you've had your meal, you're free to walk round the three floors and go into the different rooms where the discos are going on and dance. Our disco was in... More 

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newtownards,n.ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Great place to visit,very good guide and very informative.the place has real history and atmosphere,anyone visiting belfast should come here,and great value.beat to arrive early as it is cery quiet

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Ballymena, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Hi not a bad tour , only on c wing and a visit to the circle and tunnel leading to the court house across the road , the guide did not know of the bomb on c wing canteen November 1991 , which two loyalists died when republicans planted a bomb while it was there hour for the canteen, I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed the tour of this historic site. Well-informed and friendly guide. Recommend for anyone interested in history (19th century and much more recent)

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Killyleagh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Advertised as lasting approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, which would probably be too long, the tour lasted one hour and thirty minutes which was definitely too long. Excessive waffle by the guide and constant reminders about steps, stairs and uneven floors! Could be better if some money was invested into the displays and there was more access into locations... More 

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