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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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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Great attraction! Tours run regularly, and the guide we had was fantastic! It was the perfect length of time, and very interesting.

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Buckinghamshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This is a must place to visit & see how prisoners were housed & indeed executed in Belfast. This prison housed women, children & men. Ranging from dissidents, to murders, to children imprisoned because they stole a washing cloth!! Both Republican & Loyalist prisoners were also housed here up to its closure in 1996. The prison layout was based on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Great tour with our fantastic guide, Roy. Thoroughly enjoyed it and found it very interesting and informative. Would definitely recommend to everyone!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went around the jail yesterday. Was very interesting, an enjoyable experience thanks to our tour guide Roy! Recommend to everyone

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Visited here on 10th september and done the tour. The tour lasted about an hour and a half and when you first go in you can walk the grounds, there is a giftshop with historic displays and a lovely cafe to get a drink which is good if you are waiting to start your tour. The tour was excellent and... More

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Our tour with Roy today was an interesting surprise. It was much more then we expected, and a great addition to our grand tour of Belfast :-)

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Only recently opened, the Gaol is a few bus stops outside the city centre and is walkable, located opposite the disused former courthouse, and is on the Hop-on Hop-off bus. The guides are very informative, and definitely recommend a visit.

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Who would think visiting such an infamous gaol would be so rewarding. Our excellent guide Roy brought to life this empty building. It surpassed visiting Alcatraz!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The temporary "home" of men as diverse as convicted murderers to the current leaders of Northern Ireland's Legislative Assembly, this infamous gaol has been revamped as a tourist attraction, with hour-long conducted tours on offer. The tour covers, inter alia, new prisoner processing, sights of the tunnels under the road to the old courthouse, the prisoners accommodation, the governors office,... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went to the goal as a day trip and it was better than i expected! The tour was amazing full details were given, allowing us to experience what the jail was like with all the figures in different places! This is a must do attraction and i would definitely go again!

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