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“Great piece of history”
Review of Crumlin Road Gaol

Crumlin Road Gaol
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Guided Tour of Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast
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$16.39*
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City Sightseeing Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with 48-Hour Pass
Ranked #1 of 228 things to do in Belfast
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Owner description: 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.
Northern Ireland
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“Great piece of history”
Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

I did this tour with a friend and found it a brilliant experience. Prior to the tour there is a building where there is a small collection of artefacts relating to the gaol. It was informative and killed time whilst waiting for the tour.

Our tour guide, Gary collected us at 12 and took us outside to give an overview of the prison and the tour.

We were taken through the prison to various locations including the original reception, holding cells, the tunnel connecting to the court, one of the wings which included the execution room and the graveyard.

The information provided by the tour guide was clear and informative. He was clearly knowledgable on the subject and displayed a good level of enthusiasm.

All in all in was a great tour. The only thing I would advise future visitors of his there is quite a graphic description of the execution, brief but might not be best for young ears!

Visited March 2014
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Crumlin_Road_Gaol, Manager at Crumlin Road Gaol, responded to this review, March 15, 2014
Hi furryforest,

Thank you for taking the time to review your tour of Crumlin Road Gaol. I am delighted to hear you found the tour a brilliant experience. It is also great to hear you found your guide clear and informative. We hope to see you back again soon to enjoy our new Breakout Tour or even one of our Paranormal Tours.

Thank you,

Crumlin Road Gaol
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“Great Tour”
Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

This tour takes about an hour plus and our guide Harry was just first class.
Lots of facts from 1846 till it's closure in 1996.
The tour takes in everything from how prisoners were dealt with from arriving at the prison till release or execution.
Harry was informative and entertaining. Very educational and gives you a historic understanding of Belfast including the troubles over that 150 year period.
If you've the time I'd certainly recommend.....and ask lots of questions.

Visited March 2014
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Crumlin_Road_Gaol, Manager at Crumlin Road Gaol, responded to this review, March 15, 2014
Hi Stoatin,

Thank you for taking the time to review your tour of Crumlin Road Gaol. I am delighted to hear you learned lots of facts and that your tour guide made a positive impression by being informative and entertaining. I will ensure the rest of our team are aware of your positive feedback.

Thank you,

Crumlin Road Gaol
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Sydney, Australia
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“Good guided tour program, but tour guide requires more training”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

The tour takes you to many parts of the prison, with a lot of stories and operational information (involving the trouble period of course).

Having said that, the tour guide seemed like reading from what he learnt during training, but was not able to answer any of my questions, and suggested that I may e-mail any question I have later.

I would put other tours ahead of this on "importance" (I learnt a lot more history on Northern Ireland from other tours), but this place is still worth a visit if possible.

Visited September 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit.”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

Very interesting place to visit with a long and varied history. Really enjoyed the tour and the tour guide, Harry, was excellent with a world of information to share.

Visited March 2014
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Crumlin_Road_Gaol, Manager at Crumlin Road Gaol, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Hi Angela M,

Thank you for taking the time to review your tour of Crumlin Road Gaol. I am delighted to hear you really enjoyed your tour and that you found your tour guide excellent. This is always great to hear. I will ensure the rest of our team are aware of your positive comments.

Thank you,

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“Must See”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

very informative gives a good insight to what kind of prisoners were incarcerated from the 1800's through to when the prison closed.

Visited March 2014
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Crumlin_Road_Gaol, Manager at Crumlin Road Gaol, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Hi MJJ23,

Thank you for taking the time to review your tour of Crumlin Road Gaol. I am delighted to hear you found your tour informative and that it gave a good insight into the life of a prisoner. I will ensure the rest of our team are aware of your positive feedback.

Thank you,

Crumlin Road Gaol
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