Crumlin Road Gaol
Crumlin Road Gaol
4.5
10:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:15 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:15 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:15 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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  • NRSB
    London, United Kingdom36 contributions
    Not to be missed
    We were very fortunate that we were there at opening and there were few other people visiting. As such, it was just a fantastic experience with clever and sympathetic reconstructions of prison life which were well portrayed. But, this may possibly be a less enjoyable experience during peak visiting times. Having said all that, this venue is a MUST for the tourist programme.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 24, 2023
  • sally
    Longford, Ireland2 contributions
    Enjoyable experience
    Thoroughly enjoyed our visit, it was well presented and interesting. The exhibits really brought history to life. Only slight disappointment was that although at the last exhibit at the end of the tour the VT invited us to visit the gift shop and maybe get a warming drink in the bar and grill, however the gift shop was closed and when we went to get coffees we were advised that they were only doing food service. I would have liked to have purchased some souvenirs of my visit and a hot drink would have been welcome on a cold February afternoon even as take away. Overall though we enjoyed our visit and would recommend
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 26, 2023
  • Katie R
    Coleraine, United Kingdom166 contributions
    Fascinating glimpse
    Fascinating place to visit with plenty of history and connections to the past. There's an eerie sense of the impact of the events connected to former prisoners. It's a shame that the old court house across the tiad had become derelict, and the connecting tunnel is closed. It would be amazing to see the building restored and reconnected to the gaol. So much of the site seems to be closed to the public. It's a shame.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Samuel D
    St. Andrews, United Kingdom12 contributions
    Britain's Alactraz
    Crumlin Road Gaol is one of the best visitor attractions in Northern Ireland. It was so well presented and designed, and it has to be on the itinerary of someone interested in the history of Belfast and Criminal Justice. There was an authentic, eery atmosphere about the place, especially in the condemned cell and execution chamber.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 6, 2023
  • gilliansheath
    Lancaster, United Kingdom51 contributions
    A great couple of hours
    This is fascinating place to visit. Its history is more than The Troubles. Cells are set up as in Victorian times. Be grateful that you weren't ever a prisoner there! A good coffee served. Interesting walk back to the city via Shankill Road
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Sárán Ó Machail
    Manchester, United Kingdom8 contributions
    A must see when in Belfast!
    A fascinating place to visit when Belfast and it most certainly helps understanding Belfasts history . We had a brilliant tour guide who made the tour very interesting and informative. I would highly recommend visit g when in Belfast.
    Visited April 2022
    Written March 23, 2023
  • Colingc
    Twickenham, United Kingdom69 contributions
    A must do in Belfast
    We had never been on a prison tour before but it was well worth it. It's pretty haunting. Very informative and enjoyable. Our guide was Elaine who was excellent. It was a huge group and Elaine handled it really well. But bigger groups normally mean less questions and interaction. That is something the management should address. You need to to probably do more tours with less people on each (max 20). However it really is worth the visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2023
  • Nick
    Nottingham, United Kingdom236 contributions
    Only takes an hour!
    We arrived here around 1500 for last entry. The attraction closes at 1700, which is more than enough time to get round the whole exhibition - we only took an hour. It's a self-guided tour, although the chap on the car park gate said we had to book onto a tour, which is incorrect. It's very interactive, lots of video exhibits to watch on life in the prison. It's very much worth a visit if museums are your thing. Entry was £12.50 per person. Plenty of on site car parking which was free.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2023
  • Jackie D
    28 contributions
    Great
    Really enjoyed our visit to this museum, a very good informative insight to how things were, a bit scary in the underground tunnel which back in the day was connected to the court house opposite. Lots of videos to see telling the history of the Gaol. Visited the restaurant which was lovely too. Nice gift shop also.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 30, 2023
  • Becky
    36 contributions
    Interesting Historical Site
    Booked a group tour and it was definitely worth it. Tour guide (sorry I can't remember his name) was really funny and informative. Having the tour guide was a great choice, having everything explained to you while being able to ask questions is definitely a better experience. The Gaol itself is very interesting, been kept and restored very well, and a lot of the original elements from the gaol still remain.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 31, 2023
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workaholicWales
Wales34 contributions
Jan 2020
I would highly recommend visiting Crumlin Road Gaol. Claire our guide was extremely informative and professional. She explained at great length the history of the gaol and we were able to visit the tunnel linking the gaol with the Court House opposite. Inside the gaol was very cold and foreboding and you got an insight into the conditions the prisoners had to live in at that time.
Written January 21, 2020
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The_Coach55
Ruislip, UK957 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
Crumlin Road gaol is around a mile and a half north west of the city centre on foot.

On my journey there, I walked through the Lower Shankill area which was an eye opening experience in itself.

The prison opened in 1846 and closed in 1996. It is apparently modelled on HMP Pentonville and one can only assume it to have been a grim experience as an inmate.

Seventeen prisoners were executed at the gaol over the years and the former grave of one of them can be viewed.

From the early Seventies, the prison population expanded greatly due to the ‘Troubles’,

Famous prisoners included Eamon De Valera, Rev Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness.

I paid the concessional rate of £10 including £1 booking fee online in advance of my visit.
Written August 17, 2021
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Big G
Stalham, UK34 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
This was a tour of the goal conducted as 'virtual' because of the Covid restrictions but I found that a better experience because I was able to walk around in my own time. The videos provided along the way were informative and appropriate in explaining and setting the scene. Overall I thought this was incredible value for money at £10 and I would certainly recommend it and personally I would visit again on a future trip to Belfast
Written September 2, 2020
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Claire F
Ballymena, UK11 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Halloween jail of terror??

I got more scares on Barry's ghost train!!

I have been to several of these over the years including florida, Blackpool and Derry/ London Derry but this was just pathetic!
Characters standing around with Halloween masks, very little in the way of scares!

No atmosphere not even that dark.

This is advertised as an 1 hour experience took us 10 mins to go through, there's was 4 of us so this cost £51.

Tickets are not checked as you go in as we just walk in with no one stopping us to ask! This is not a good thing during covid!

I have email them regarding this as well as contacting via social media with no response from them so I will now be forwarded my complaint onto the ASA and trading standards as we as a group feel this was miss sold to us.

All in all save your money and go somewhere else for Halloween unless ur a 5 year old kid.
Written October 25, 2021
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Becky H
Hastings, UK258 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Really enjoyed the Crumlin Road Gaol tour, our guide Claire was really good and knew a lot about the prison's history. The only shame is, is that you only see a small part of the prison. Tour groups are quite large but as long as the tour guide speaks loudly and you keep up, you should be fine. It's worth booking tickets at least a day beforehand to get cheaper tickets. Also, if you turn up early there's a little exhibit which you can read information about the history of the prison and some artifacts.
Written February 18, 2020
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ard
6 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
I was so excited to go to the jail of horror this year after having a great time around 3 years ago. Was glad it was back after lockdown.
I have never been so disappointed in my life. We queued to get into the tunnel where a FRIENDLY witch told me not to be scared and commented on the clothes I was wearing. We then went up to the jail where we queued for 15 minutes. There was a nun who walked up and down and two other masked figures. Then we went through the hanging cell where they have a CD playing a girl screaming and someone standing there. We then went outside where there were 4 guys with chainsaws, again this wasn’t scary as we were behind about 30 people so we were well aware of what was coming. This then lead to the “circus” which was a tent.. I thought to myself “yes finally something scary”… it was a fully lit conference tent with one clown standing there. Honestly, I’m not even joking you.
Then it was over.
Like £13 and I came across maybe 10 different characters in total.
Will never be back and will make sure others don’t go. Complete waste of money.
Written October 25, 2021
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edwina a
guildford143 contributions
Sep 2020
Great opportunity to visit this gaol. Man on the gate was lovely. Ate at the Cuffs Bar there (toasted sandwiches) and that was lovely too. The gaol is a beautiful building with the almost derelict Court House opposite (tunnel to view between the two). Eerie and sad and scary. No guide but video and audio recordings - you could mostly go at your own pace, which was nice. Only not so good bit was the initial briefing video in a small room with, in our case, a total of 6 people - felt a bit claustrophobic, especially given Covid-19.
Written September 20, 2020
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KOKOkitty11
Boise, ID80 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Entry fee is 15 pounds per person. Quite expensive given nearby castles, which are much more fantastic, charge 6 pounds per entry. You only see one wing of the prison and the interp is all done via video - some of which involves pretty cheesy acting - but at least they are educational. Overall, it’s an interesting site and open on Monday when everything else is closed, but wasn’t worth the 15 pounds per person in our opinion. We felt like 8-10 pounds would have been a more reasonable entry fee.
Written November 8, 2022
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amy-benton-x-x-x
Woking, UK6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We had the wonderful Margret as our tour guide, she was so warm and welcoming and had an amazing knowledge of the prison. She answered all of our questions with enthusiasm, and pointed out little details that we wouldn't have otherwise noticed. She was very good at helping us imagine life in the prison and I would recommend the tour to anyone looking to visit.
Written February 29, 2020
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Frances321
Edinburgh15 contributions
Mar 2020
I have been to Belfast before but this was a first visit to the goal. The guide was very knowledgeable and knew exactly how to pitch her dialogue. There was no sensationalism but the facts spoke for them self. This should be made a compulsory visit to all senior school students as a lesson in not repeating the horrors of the past. What made the visit more poignant was the fact that it was only closed in 1996 - a chilling reminder to all.
Written March 7, 2020
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