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Address: Bay Street and Embarcadero, Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing, San Francisco, CA 94133
Phone Number: +1 415-981-7625
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Park rangers conduct tours by recounting the prison's thrilling history...

Park rangers conduct tours by recounting the prison's thrilling history along with intriguing anecdotes about Al Capone and other legendary figures that made a "home" here.

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Has to be seen to be believed

Booked three months in advance to get time slot wanted. Well organised and interesting ferry to Island. Note that the climb up through the area to the cell-block is quite step... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Sidcup, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Booked three months in advance to get time slot wanted. Well organised and interesting ferry to Island. Note that the climb up through the area to the cell-block is quite step although there is a trolly bus for those that have difficulties. The audio tour is essential to get the story behind the island which is fascinating and somewhat terrible.... More 

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Redwood City, California
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place was a treat to see, very creepy, very good audio tour. I went during the day and would like to go back for a night tour although it sounds frankly terrifying haha. beautiful views of the city, a lot of uphill walking but they have little shuttles for people who can't make it on their own. There was... More 

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Mykolayiv, Ukraine
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is not just a prison, for sure. I had some concerns before the visit, but now I absolutely sure, that Alcatraz is a nice place to visit. First of all the island is really nice, all the birds, plants - interesting, astonishing views of SF and prison itself. I listened to audio tour, which is provided there - interesting.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Boat trip over was nice taking in views of San Francisco from the bay. Great photo opportunities. Landed on the rock and after an initial talk by a member of staff on the do's and donts of the trip we set off. We got our headsets and began our tour. You can pause and rewind the tour to suit your... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

During my recent visit to San Francisco I decided to do the iconic tour of Alcatraz. I decided to take the night tour and I have to say it was much fun, although perhaps pretty crowded with tourists. My only suggestion would be to perhaps at a cafe to the islands so people can get tea and snacks. Giftshop also... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved being guided through the prison by the actual voices of prisoners. A must do tour. Book early or you have to combine with another tour to go. We did it with the bay cruise tour which was a good combo.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

While my husband and I naturally enjoy visiting historical places, this visit was a request from our 15yo because he had learned about it in school and seen it on video games. He was (and we were not) not disappointed. I highly recommend the audio tour, as well as reading up on Alcatraz ahead of time and maybe even watching... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The whole experience was amazing and informative, the audio guide makes it sound like you're there inside a living prison. It is a steep journey up to the main building, there is transport for people with mobility problems but I saw a number of able bodied young people in their 20s abusing the system because they were too lazy to... More 

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devon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must see and was astonished to find and ex inmate there , who was very informative about the whole place. Staff in the gift shop very helpful and polite . Pleasant crossing over to it on the boat. All round a very enjoyable experience.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must just to see what it is all about or was about! If going book in advance as tickets go really quickly particularly in the holidays. Don't use a tout only the official Alcatraz cruises . Whole thing ran really smoothly. The audio tour was really clear and included in the price. Good range of goods in... More 

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