Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Crumlin Road Gaol Reviews: 4.5/5

Crumlin Road Gaol
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
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.
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Bluebelter
Tranent, UK27 contributions
Very interesting & also disturbing.
Jun 2021
We realised that we had booked this tour for the same time as we were due to visit the Titanic exhibition across the other side of Belfast. Luckily for us they allowed us to change to the day previous. Thanks. The tour itself is self guided which is fine. The route you take is well designed and easy to follow. From the video introduction right the way through the gaol to the courtyards of each "wing". Some interesting artefacts on show and you do get to enter some cells and experience what it would be like to be an inmate. What we found most disturbing , but at the same time a necessary part of the "story",,,, was the condemned mans cell. This included the final steps into the execution chamber. I won't spoil the visit by relating this part , suffice to say we did nearly jump out of our skins. It also has a nice wee cafe & the obligatory gift shop. at the end of the tour. All in all we thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would highly recommend a visit .
Written June 14, 2021
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Frances M
Santry, Ireland24 contributions
A bit of history..,
Apr 2021 • Couples
Tour was very informative and very easy to navigate. Great idea having a bar at the beginning, middle and end of tour. Staff were very pleasant.
Written June 1, 2021
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Alan C
7 contributions
But cool in there
May 2021
If you look at all the cells and videos you will be in there for about 3 hours. Some set the nerves on edge but still very interesting
Written June 1, 2021
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jack d
2 contributions
Some jab
Dec 2020 • Friends
Top jail cheps does the jab i tell u me and big quinner headed to the jail in hope to find a few bais locked up but hai the jail was empty
Written April 21, 2021
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Manutdrich
Highbridge, UK12 contributions
Short but eye-opening
Dec 2020 • Couples
Not too any people have been in a prison (or like to admit it!)

This tour is short (about 1 hour) but takes Covid measures very seriously. You will get to see and imagine life in the prison. Worth a look
Written December 20, 2020
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WGF Cameron
7 contributions
Interesting tour of the gaol
Oct 2020
I never thought that i would willingly go to jail ! The Crumlin Road gaol is full of history and played its part in the Troubles of Northern Ireland. It is slightly overbearing as perhaps any gaol tour would be. There is a chunk to read about before the tour starts proper in the initial room then you follow the arrows to each screen where there is more information to learn (i visited during COVID 19 so maybe when normality returns there will be real people giving the tour). The hangmans noose remains there just to put it in perspective. Enjoy the tour.
Written November 19, 2020
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Graham Jones
Middlesbrough, UK36 contributions
Well worth a visit
Oct 2020 • Friends
Great tour.
Very emotive especially when you here that children were inmates for simple things such as stealing an apple.
The hangman's gallows was I felt quite disturbing but it was part of the Goals history.
All in all well worth the entrance fee.
PS The photo is of manikins not real people😔
Written October 16, 2020
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Nicola Amesbury
2 contributions
Creepy Afternoon Out
Oct 2020
Very eerie and creepy, lots of interesting facts and exhibits. Good way to spend an hour or so. Very quiet I think we were the only people there but this added to the experience
Written October 15, 2020
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hunbun7789
newcastle53 contributions
worth a visit
Oct 2020
worth a visit as very interesting gaol only shut down in 1996. however could do with a bit more interactive items as only a few televisions with information
Written October 15, 2020
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KNS
Germany31 contributions
Crumlin Road Gaol
Oct 2020
Very interesting and informative to see and learn about the jail and how the prisoners lived and were treated. Would highly recommend if visiting Belfast.
Written October 15, 2020
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