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Reviewed today via mobile

If you go to San Francisco, you simply must visit Alcatraz.
I went with my husband, and, to be honest, I didn’t think it was going to be my thing.
The ferry ride over was on time, smooth and took about 25 minutes.
On arrival to the island, you are given your do’s and dont’s then you are left to your own devices.
We set straight off for the prison. On arrival you are given a headset with an audible tour.
What a place, you have the voices of ex prisoners, ex guards etc in your head whilst you walk in their footsteps. It was amazing, erie, sad and startling all at the same time. I am so glad I didn’t have to stay!!
It is a stark reminder and, I must say, a shame it is still not ‘active’, if only as a deterrent!
Go and visit, you won’t regret it......

Thank AnitaJ193
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Reviewed today via mobile

Always love going to Alcatraz. This was the second time visiting and it was even better the second time. Highly recommend you gonna if you have never been

Thank spenice101
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Reviewed today

We went for the night tour and it was a brilliant experience! So much more spookier. THe talk on prison weapons was brilliant!

Thank ad58
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Reviewed today via mobile

I had no real ambition on going to Alcatraz, but my wife really wanted to go. It requires a ferry ride of 25 minutes or so. Everything about the tour is well organized and punctual. On the island is where it becomes truly phenomenal. Once you get up to the prison you’re given headsets for the audio tour. This takes you back to the days in voices of the guards, wardens, and prisoners. You’re standing in the very same places that they’re describing, some horrible things happened here, and some very bad people were kept here. Don’t expect to leave here feeling uplifted or hopeful, just grateful that you can leave! It was such a learning experience but I was glad to get back to the mainland!

Thank DougS649
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Reviewed today

Alcatraz is more than that. It is true that it is very well known for what it was in its last years, and that it is very interesting, especially for the stories of prisoners who have tried to escape. But Alcatraz also offers information on how the bay developed orographically, the role the Indians played in claiming the land, and its curious nature. Take time to walk around the island, there is no rush to return to the mainland.

Thank Xavier J
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Reviewed today

Excellent audio tour and talks from volunteer speakers to relate the history of this interesting but sometimes eerie place.

Thank Malcolm W
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Reviewed yesterday

The famous Alcatraz prison is a must see if you're going to visit. You MUST plan way ahead (months) to get tickets.

Wear good walking shoes and bring a camera or your phone with camera.

Thank GL726
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Reviewed yesterday

We had previously been to Alcatraz Island but went again in October as part of a tour from our Princess Cruise Ship.

Organise your tickets way before you wish to go as they sell out very fast. The ferry over is quick and once there you listen to a short talk and then go on your own way.

The walk up is very steep, so take it slow, wear good shoes, or if you need to there is a cart that will take people up that have difficulty walking or are disabled in any way.

Make sure you obtain a headset as the audio tour was a great way to take the tour at your own pace. The rangers are on hand to answer any questions and you can stay the whole day if you wish.

It is extremely interesting and we leaned new things that we had missed out on last time we visited.

Thank Toujo
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing trip to Alcatraz, made our trip to San Fran. Would 100% recommend.. a must do! Definitely book in advance up to two months to avoid disappointment.

Thank aimeemoore5
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It appears a little worn down but nice to see and good walks around the island. Loved it. Remember to bring good walking shoes.

Thank Kim_Ras
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