We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Address: 2124 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: 215 236 3300
Website
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Special Offer
$62*
and up
Philadelphia CityPass
93%
Ranked #3 of 254 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site was once the most famous and...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone’s Cell, and Death Row.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Write a Review

2,007 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    1,327
    545
    91
    26
    18
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Toms River, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

I felt the spookiness and terror of that place, the inmates stories were amazing, what a place, the jail cells were scary and just an out right awesome place, staff was friendly and professional, i wanna go back especially when its Terror Behind The Walls at Halloween :)

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

What a great and neat experience, to see an old school prison like Eastern State Penitentiary. Especially seeing Al Capone's Very own cell where he stayed for about 6 months. He ended up there while he was visiting Philly seeing either a movie or some type of show got recognized and then was searched and they found a gun in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chemung, New York
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Was very interesting we had an eleven year old with us ans she really liked the tour.Would definitely recommend .

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dagsboro, Delaware, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I was intrigued by this old penitentiary. However, it was so very cold inside....20 degrees less that the 31 degrees outside. It was hauntingly impressive. I liked having the self-audio tour instead of a guided tour. I was impressed by the artist recreation exhibits in one corridor. A popular cell to visit was Al Capone's cell recreated with furniture that... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
fort lauderdale
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Great history. Headphone self guiding tour. There were staff available to take guest into places that the tour did not cover in small groups.We were there in October and they had a hunted house in the evenings.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
93 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Convinced my local Philly cousin to come out here as he's never been before. Bought tix online easily and made our way there no problem. Took the tour with a guide and it was amazing, awe-inspiring, hauntingly beautiful and very scary if your imagination runs away with you. HIGHLY recommended.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Galloway, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

My wife and I visited this place in the summer of 14, we took the guided tour, and was extremely impressed with the knowledge of the tour guide, he was informative, and actually managed to get a fair amount of crowd participation from our group.The guide informed us that they have an event where the prison guards, and the former... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
36 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I recently toured a prison in Ireland that had a lot of stories of prisoners and artifacts so I expected similar here. It was mostly a run down building with a boring audio tour.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rochester, Minnesota
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This is a very historic spot, and it is worth the time to stop and check it out! I would say a day trip is better!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Brooklyn, United States
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Since we have visited Philly so many times in the past, we choose to do some sight seeing in the center city. It was quite close to the center city. I didn't know there was a prison in the city like that. This was the first penitentiary in the United states which open in 1829. It was closed in 1971... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Eastern State Penitentiary also viewed

 

Been to Eastern State Penitentiary? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Eastern State Penitentiary and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Eastern State Penitentiary staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?