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Address: Bay Street and Embarcadero, Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: +1 415-981-7625
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Group tours/day tour, Group tours/walking tour
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We bought our tickets ahead of time online and I recommend doing the first trip at 8am because as the morning goes on the island fills up and gets very crowded. It was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Tauranga
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We bought our tickets ahead of time online and I recommend doing the first trip at 8am because as the morning goes on the island fills up and gets very crowded. It was a fascinating story of history and well worth the trip. The tour took around 3 hours but depends on how long you look at all Alcatraz has... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is a must do in San Francisco, with a lot of interesting history behind it, the self guided audio tour adds a lot of detail, and is now included in price, though I think I read that you can opt out for a refund? but I would recommend it. Be early to dock as long lines to board boats.

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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Really liked the free audio tour of the cells, this really taught us a lot about the inmates and high-profile escape attempts. It really brought the whole place to life! Captain and staff on the boat were great, and so too were the staff on the dock. A great day out, highly recommend!! NOTE: always book in advance as we... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

well worth a visit,even if you do have to queue they go down really fast,don't be put off.. Wear comfortable shoes though.

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Ontario, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We bought tickets quite ahead of time, definitely recommend as soon as you know your dates to book your tickets! We lucked out and saw the Ai Weiwei @Large exhibition, usually I find there is an extra fee but it was included. Took the advice to book first ferry in the morning, the crowds were getting thick as we were... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We spent about three hours at Alcatraz. Would highly recommend the audio tour. Was a must for anyone visiting San Fran. Fantastic experience.

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Morton Grove, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

I havent been here in many many years. It is now updated with head sets and very informative. Has sound effects as well. Experience at your own pace. Mornings are best before it gets crowded, Dress warm! Lots of stairs!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Allow yourself a full afternoon if you want to experience the entire facility!! The audio tour of the cell house was SOOO informative and you could almost close your eyes and feel like you were experiencing it first hand! You can take the tour at your own pace and at no extra cost. There are very knowledgeable people everywhere to... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We did the 5:55 tour. Great experience :) Book early as they sell out fast. Bring a jacket if you go on the night tour, it gets cold.

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Dallas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

You probably don't need to read a review if you are considering Alcatraz. Its a great tourist attraction filled with history. Bring a jacket as the trip over can be cold and windy. You are at the mercy of the ship schedules getting back and forth, but it's worth seeing at least once.

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