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West Virginia Penitentiary

Open Now: 10:45 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:45 AM - 4:00 PM
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Great Historical Site

This is the first abandoned prison my husband and I have ever visited, so we weren't sure what to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Chops1971
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Columbus, Ohio
Paranormal overnight investigations tour

We attended the overnight paranormal investigations tour on November 9-10. Our 90 minute tour was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Janice M
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Built in 1866 and in operation until 1995, this prison offers 90-minute guided tours of the facility from April 1, through November 30. Day tours, Paranormal events, October's haunted house, Elizabethtown Festival, are just a few of the events that...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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818 Jefferson Ave, Moundsville, WV 26041-2235
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Reviewed yesterday

This is the first abandoned prison my husband and I have ever visited, so we weren't sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised with the history of this place. We were very fortunate because our docent was a former employee of the prison. Chuck...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We attended the overnight paranormal investigations tour on November 9-10. Our 90 minute tour was presented by Lori, who has been employed at WV Pen Tours for 17 years, and she knows her stuff! She added personal insights and experiences within the prison walls that...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Didnt really know if I see anything but its possible I did. But I really enjoyed the history part of it when it comes to are states history. And as for it being a abandoned prison that doesn't house inmates. Its given me respect for...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We have seen this location on several shows and were excited to visit and be locked down at the penitentiary. Aside from being scary at night, it is a beautiful building with lots of interesting history. We started the tour with a guide who had...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth the money! Not only from the historical point but the activity for the overnight experience is definitely haunting, scary, and thrilling!!! Definitely made my teenage daughter (who is an amateur paranormal investigator) birthday a one of a kind

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WVPenitentiary, Public Relations Manager at West Virginia Penitentiary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Happy birthday to your daughter! We are thrilled you had such a great time...come back again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very good time doing the escape room. If you want to do something different and be part of a team give it a try.

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WVPenitentiary, Public Relations Manager at West Virginia Penitentiary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

But the question is....did you let Lefty live, or die? Thanks for your comments and come back for a day tour!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great atmosphere for Halloween. Spooky but worth the price. Wish they had the Zombie Walk. Kids and adults both enjoyed it.

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WVPenitentiary, Public Relations Manager at West Virginia Penitentiary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you! We are pleased to provide a variety of activities for the community. Who knows.....maybe the Zombie Walk will return one day!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came for a daytime tour and was fortunate to have Chuck as a tour guide. A former guard there, his stories were a great addition to the awesome surroundings. Enjoyed it so much that I stayed in town for the North Walk tour. I was...More

Thank Diana D
WVPenitentiary, Public Relations Manager at West Virginia Penitentiary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We appreciate your comments....and yes, Chuck IS a great guide, his stories are true and astonishing. And how awesome that you stayed for the North Walk, it is an absolutely chilling tour of one of the scariest areas of the prison. Glad you had a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked an online reservation for the mystery room, but they ne;ver saw it & already started it without us....the tour was ;very sightful

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WVPenitentiary, Public Relations Manager at West Virginia Penitentiary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am sorry your Escape Room Game got lost in the shuffle of all our other activities - glad you were able to go on the tour and enjoyed it! Come back another time and do the Escape Room.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Jason, our tour guide, was extremely informative about the history of the penitentiary. Well worth seeing and hearing about the methods of incarceration as well as information about movies and TV shows filmed at the site. The final part of the tour included an option...More

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WVPenitentiary, Public Relations Manager at West Virginia Penitentiary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking time to review us...Jason is a great tour guide (but then ALL of our tour guides are awesome). Take time to find Mindhunter on Netflix and Castle Rock on Hulu to see our cameo appearances! Also, if you participate in virtual...More

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Karen C
November 8, 2018|
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Response from MGordonCharlotte_NC | Reviewed this property |
Others have accurately. Described the buildings. No heat or AC. Not overly dusty at all - what you’d expect in a very old building.
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September 29, 2018|
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Response from Loretta D | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we had a reservation. There is a number on their website that you call to reserve your spot. There is a Halloween tour that I heard was very scary.... Have fun & Good Luck!
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April 18, 2018|
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Response from Kevin C | Reviewed this property |
$12 for adults, $9 for "seniors" 55+, $6 for children 6-16, and children 5 and underare free. The Dungeon of Horrors and Escape Room are both $25 per person with discounts for large groups available
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