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Eastern State Penitentiary

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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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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, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone’s Cell, and Death Row.
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“al capone” (299 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When they will repent about your crimes. It is an impressive structure which festures al capone cell. Lots of pain and suffering as well as redemption. In the heart of Philly. A great attraction.

Thank joseph c
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Plan to spend a couple hours here. The history of the facility is fascinating. Also, try to go on the short tours for access to a couple closed areas. These tours are included in the admission and run every hour.

Thank ColoTravellers
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Loved it so much the first time I went that I had to bring my boyfriend to come see it too. The audio tour is so well done, and the prison is really interesting to see. Definitely recommend.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I've been spending time in Philly for almost 30 years, and I never knew this place existed, just a few blocks from the Art Museum. A teenage guest from out of town had heard about it, so we checked it out. It was fascinating. Much...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The prison was very interesting and certainly a lot of history. Its worth going to go visit and tour, allow about 2 hours to listen to all of the audio tour while walking through the prison. Would I tour it twice ....No, but certainly a...More

Thank Ed W
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We saw the perimeter of this Penitentiary from the top of a hip on hop off bus tour. We wanted to stop in but were so fatigued from our travels, we decided to pass. We'll definitely check it out on our next visit.

Thank Wendy P
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Spend 2 hours or more even if u only have an hour it’s really interesting, especially if you watch prison movies on tv- u will like.

Thank Beverly R
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Reviewed 4 days ago

spent an afternoon here. learned a lot. the audio tour was great and made you pay attention to all the great history of the place.

Thank marycmacdonald
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I have wanted to visit the Eastern State Penitentiary for a really long time and decided to do it on a one off trip to the Philly area. It didn't dissappoint! The guided tour was amazing, so many interesting stories from ex-staff and the prisoners...More

Thank Jessica W
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visiting here was very surreal. Follow the audio tour it is quite insightful. Seeing how prisons have changed through the decades is amazing. I plan to come back during Halloween, I hear it's a great haunted experience.

Thank Kylie F
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Wendy P
July 26, 2018|
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Response from momwentrunning | Reviewed this property |
It's all walking, but you can take as long as you want. There are also benches throughout and an air conditioned room were you can take a break if needed. We were there for over three hours and could have used more time.
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BabsUsa
June 1, 2018|
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Response from JoeTamT | Reviewed this property |
It will take you about 1 1/2 - 2 hour drive.....traffic in Philly is slow most of the day...but the it is worth the drive....patience is a good thing....
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Dipika T
March 30, 2018|
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Response from Ben H | Reviewed this property |
Two hours is fine.
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