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Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumlin Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland
02890 741500
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Ranked #2 of 152 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Wonderful! Definitely make a point to stop at the Crumbling Real Gaol. Our tour guide was amazing. We got there right at 10am opening, so our tour group was nice and small, looked like a much larger group going in on our way out.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

On a recent visit to Northern Ireland we did the tour of the Crumlin Road Jail .To say it was interesting is an understatement .It was an excellent experience but at the same time quite sad Roy our tour guide left no stone unturned and was able to add a lot of humour to some very sad situations.He was first... More

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Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Well worth the visit! Sarah, our guide, was very informative and made the tour fascinating, lots of history delivered in an enthusiastic and professional manner. The hour long tour was well worth the £8.50 entrance fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

Had a great experience of the Gaol, our tour guide Roy was very informative and humorous (at the right moments). Learned loads and am now considering doing the ghost tour. Would highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

My wife and I took the tour led by a retired teacher. She was very informative and knew every detail of the jail. This is a must stop if your are in Belfast for a day or two. Most of the jail has been restored and some of it is recreated but it is worth the money!

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Ballycastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Very interesting attraction! Our tour guide Roy was very entertaining in spite of the surroundings. An excellent illustration of the conditions in a busy jail over the past 150 years. Plenty of information without being too technical. The cafe was adequate and the booking staff very helpful. At £6 concessionary entrance this is very good value and highly recommended.

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

Hi Heather P, 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 staff onsite made a positive impression. It is also great to hear you would recommend the tour to others. I will ensure the rest of our team are aware of your positive... More

Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Visited Crumlin Road Gaol and found it absolutely fascinating. Tour guide Roy was excellent. Have visited Alcatraz, Robben Island and Old Melbourne Gaol in the past and Crumlin Road compares with these in terms of historical interest. Could not recommend it highly enough.

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

Hi GordonGillespie, 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 your tour guide made a positive impression. I will ensure the rest of our team are aware of your positive feedback. Thank you, Crumlin Road Gaol More

Bexley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

one of the best attraction in Belfast, loads of history and Owen who was our guide was very enthusiastic and excellent speaker, knew all the history. Plenty to see from. Tour lasts for approx. 1hr, and worth the £8:50.

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

Hi terry_sherwood, 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 your tour guide made a positive impression. I will ensure the rest of our team are aware of your positive feedback. Thank you, Crumlin Road Gaol More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is an unmissable tourist attraction if you're in Belfast! So much history in behind those walls! Our tour guide Harry was brilliant - very knowledgable, informative, respectful of the places history and past while at same time having a great banter with everyone on the tour. Would highly recommend! Cafe in the gaol not brilliant - staff seemed disinterested... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Very interesting tour with partner and son of 11 years old. Tour guide was Harry who is excellent and has a vast knowledge of the jail. Execution Chamber was harrowing! don't want to say too much as it will spoil your visit. the Hop On / Hop Off City Sightseeing bus will stop outside the jail or walk from city... More

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

Hi B8YOU, Thank you for taking the time to review your tour of Crumlin Road Gaol. I am delighted to hear you found your tour guide excellent and that overall you found it an interesting tour. This is always great to hear. I will ensure the rest of our team are aware of your positive feedback. Thank you, Crumlin Road... More

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