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Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumlin Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland
02890 741500
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Ranked #2 of 155 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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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Had dinner there as part of a conference recently. Good venue for a private gathering such as this (around 60 people). However, this gaol has a lot of history and I would have liked the opportunity for a brief tour.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Very interesting tour that was reasonably priced. Gives a great insight into life in the jail, and in Belfast, in the 19th & 20th century, and has one really cool secret that gets revealed late in the tour. There was no line when we went, although it was a rainy Sunday.

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Pre-Saint-Didier, Italy
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I went to Crumlin Road Prison on 27/7/2014 and was impressed with the tour guide and the knowledge she had of the way the prison ran in the past and the trip to the hanging room was very good and a bit creepy. However the prison has been done up a lot probably to accommodate functions and I would have... More

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Newry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

For my sins I had been in for a street disorder in 70s when I was 17 and gullible. Brought back memories and sadness of all the people who passed through. I felt grieved at the execution cell and graves. Knew of a couple of those executed and knew their relatives. If we all got what we deserved Who could... More

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

As part of a tour we were given a tour of the Gaol including the execution cell, with a bit of drama for effects. A very good roast beef supper.

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Limavady
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This gives an insight into what prison life would have been like, but some parts are missing, e.g. dining area

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

For a fantastic experience don't miss this tour. Our guide Sarah was so passionate and informative. You will travel through the gaol and experience what the conditions were like. Get yourself to this attraction.

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

Hi grd11097, Thank you for taking the time to review your tour of Crumlin Road Gaol. I am delighted to hear you had a fantastic experience and that your guide came across passionate and informative. This is always great to hear. I will ensure the rest of our team are aware of your positive feedback. Thank you, Crumlin Road Gaol More

Ballyclare, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

An amazing insight into the reality of life within the prison. Our guide Harry was very knowledgeable. Definitely would recommend the tour. Well worthwhile for both local and overseas tourists alike.

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

Hi Kate L, 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 you found your guide knowledgeable. This is always great to hear, I will ensure the rest of our team are aware of your positive feedback. Thank you, Crumlin Road Gaol More

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We visited the Crumlin Road Gaol on Monday 28th July 2014. Our tour guide was called Roy and he was excellent. He provided a factual account of the history of the gaol with his own blend of humour. The tour lasted approx. 75 minutes and there was a lot of history and information packed into that time. One thing that... More

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

Hi Andy H, 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 you would recommend the tour to others. This is always great to hear. I will ensure the rest of our team are aware of your positive feedback. Thank you, Crumlin Road Gaol More

Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Tour guide Ciaran was excellent...almost as good as the restoration of the building..no, honestly Ciaran, you were better. Fascinating and gruesome..just what you want to clear the Saturday night fuzz away...clang, clang!!

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

Hi HappyCamperNI2014, Thank you for taking the time to review your tour of Crumlin Road Gaol. I am delighted to hear you had a great tour and that your found your tour guide excellent. This is always great to hear. I will ensure the rest of our team are aware of your positive feedback. Thank you, Crumlin Road Gaol More

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