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Eastern State Penitentiary

2124 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
215 236 3300
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Ranked #5 of 293 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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... more » 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. « less
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Hartford, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I would highly recommend touring this historic place. It's a great place for all ages to learn and see hands on what it was like. The tour is excellent and the guides informative we absolutely loved it.

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maryland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

My friends and I did the day time tour here with the audio guide. It was entertaining and engaging. The audio guide is free so I strongly recommend it as you will miss a lot without it. Also, try to catch some of the Hands-on tour. The guides give you access to otherwise off limit areas and tell you the... More

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We attended one of the terror behind the walls evenings, it was such good fun, well worth a go if you visit in October!

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Long Island, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Very informative. Thought the head phones and stories where very helpful. Would highly recommend for adults and teens. Young kids would not be interested.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

This review is the for Terror Behind the Walls VIP Tour on Oct 18 at 9:30 pm. We originally booked the quickpass for the haunted house but decided to upgrade to the VIP tour once we arrived. Just from viewing the line that wraps all the way around the block i would highly recommend at least getting the quickpass. For... More

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Oradell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We did the Halloween Fright tour through the Eastern State Penitentiary and the life scared out of us. We never laughed so hard either. My husband was the brave guy and placed a glow stick around his neck so he got more involved in the role play with the actors of the Fright Feast. My daughter and I just screamed... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We weren't sure what to expect when we went here for a tour, but we just loved it! We went on a guided tour, and the facts were so interesting. After the tour was over, we were free to roam around the property. There were plenty of people around to answer any questions we had, too. Worth the time and... More

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

If you have ever been to Alcatraz this is a similar tour. You have a head set that is narrated as you walk. It is just amazing how we view punishment and what is considered acceptable treatment of another human being. It is very interesting and a must see.

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usa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Learned a lot on this tour. It was one of the first and many countries studied the methods used here. You can choose between tours with headsets or guided tours.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Eastern State Penitentiary was one of our favorites in Philly no doubt. It was a great historic tour through the penitentiary. Our tour guide Gary was great, he really knew his stuff and you could tell he enjoyed his work at the ESP. ESP only gives one guided tour a day and I would really recommend making it for the... More

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