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Eastern State Penitentiary

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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...more
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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Excellent place to visit, really enjoyed it. Very good audio guide, and friendly staff. Lots of thought has been put into the audio route, and visual displays. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a self guided tour. You receive a headset and device that you can go at your own pace and listen to the "guide". It is done in a way that teaches everything from when the prison was built and closed, to the actual...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

The Eastern State Penitentiary is redone in a just a few small areas, the rest sits as it did the day it closed. Most of it is open to the public and it is just creepy and you really want to see it. You can...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We took a guided tour of the First state penitentiary in the states. It has long since close but a great historical site. It looks like a castle from the outside till you enter those gates. I don’t believe small children would enjoy this but...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What an intrigiung place. Was concerned our teenagers would not like the visit, but they really enjoyed it. Be prepared to walk. Underestimated the size, but enjoyed every step. So much history. You get an complimentary audio set, which is outstanding at explain each stop....More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

For some reason this creepy old prison is awesome to visit. The narrated tour by Steve buschemi makes it better. There is a lot of information available and the place is quite photogenic. It is sad how there were children imprisoned here. This was a...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stopped here on our 4th of July weekend visit to Philly. The place was included in our sightseeing package so we didn’t have to pay extra to see it. When you check in the give you an audio player with headphones and allow you...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank 614nicholasd
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I would call this the Alcatraz of the East. The audio tour was very similar to the one at Alcatraz which I liked immensely. The stories they tell are very interesting and well laid out. Buying tickets was fast and easy. We spent about two...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank ronalds377
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a tour scheduled at 2 PM. We got there about 12:30 and we're glad we did. We were able to walk the grounds on our own prior to our tour. The people working there told us what would be covered on the tour...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Debbie M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Eastern State was for sure my favorite place while visiting Philadelphia. It’s incredible to see so much history and actual visit one of the most known penitentiaries that existed or even more, have a look in Al Capone’s cell. The audio tour is incredible informative...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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July 6, 2019|
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Response from Christine M | Reviewed this property |
Hi, thanks for your question. I don’t have kids but I would not take them to the Penn. If you read their website they suggest you don’t bring young children as the paint (that is peeling all over) contains lead. It is not... More
June 23, 2019|
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Response from Kristie B | Reviewed this property |
I think if he is in a carrier you will be fine. A stroller won’t work as well.
June 12, 2019|
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Response from David F | Reviewed this property |
I recently visited ESP. There is a degree of handicap accessibility but some area might be rough on a wheel chair