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Reviewed today

This tour was booked in advance , not sure we knew what we had let ourselves in for . But I must admit that we all thoroughly enjoyed the experience , finding it totally educational and unbelievably enthralling . Brilliant staff as guides .

Thank raymonddavies
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Reviewed today

winter timetable means the night tour leaves at 3.50
worth doing - watch the sun set under the Golden Gate bridge and see the San Francisco city lit up.
As for the isalnd / prison tour it is excellent, the audio tour is the best I have ever experienced. Being on the night tour may mean you cannot spend hours out there but you get plenty of time to take a leisurely tour, take lots of pics., and it is, I imagine, more of an engaging experience at night with less people on the island than during the day.

Thank MS58
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Reviewed today via mobile

I enjoyed every minute of my trip to Alcatraz. It was all very well organised and efficient. We bought tickets well in advance and printed them at home. The queue was orderly and our trip on the ferry gave us great views of San Francisco and Alcatraz. Once on Alcatraz Island you can spend as long as you like there... as long as you make the last ferry. We had a really good look around, thoroughly enjoyed the cell block audio tour. We listened to a talk by an ex ranger which was really interesting....Bought some stuff in the gift shop. We spent around four hours wandering around and taking it all in. Highly recommended tour.

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Reviewed today

Never knew so much history has taken place in this little island. Please make sure you take the audio tour

Thank RoyolaMiami
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Reviewed today

I absolutely loved this afternoon, it was so interesting. They send you on a boat first which you can then realise how far it is to the main land. You then have a headset to walk round and do the tour, which was brilliant. Steeped in history and you can really imagine what it was like to be a prisoner there. Really good value, you need to book early as it gets booked very quickly. Can be windy on the island so wear suitable clothes and footwear.

Thank Nicola S
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Reviewed today via mobile

This is a must do in San Francisco. Make sure you get your tickets ahead of time. I highly recommend the 15 minute video once you arrive on the island. The free audio tour was spot on and totally make the tour.

I would allow for 2 hours.

Thank Scelica91
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Reviewed today via mobile

This is a super fun spot! First you have to take ferry across the bay, great views and an experience itself. It can get cold, even if the weather seems fine, so bring a jacket. The island can get cold too. Be prepared to walk and climb, both hills and stairs. The audio tour is great. There are lots of places to explore besides the prison itself. Bring snacks, water and spend some time there.

Thank karen f
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Reviewed today

We just had to visit Alcatraz during our stay in San Francisco and taking advice, we booked our tickets well in advance as the ferries get very full. We also booked direct with the Alcatraz Ferry website as this is much cheaper than any organised tour, as it includes admission, etc. The ferry ride is short and sweet, passing seals and seabirds. Our view of the golden Gate Bridge was spoiled due to the smog from the fires in California. There is a lot of walking on the small island, and the first section is quite steep. However a tram is available but only for those who really need it. We took the self-guided audio tour (no charge) which lasted around an hour and give a very good history of the prison, with some rather graphic background sounds too. At the end of the tour there is a large gift shop. There is no rush to leave the island, you can catch any ferry back to the mainland, and these run every 20 minutes or so. My overall impression was that I'm glad I wasn't a criminal in the mid 20th century, it must have been a bleak place to do time.

Thank Bob C
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Reviewed yesterday

I learned so much about Alcatraz. Beautiful scenery and lovely gift stores around. Lots of cafes and shops to browse before entering ferry.

Thank Nelin N N
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We basically booked tour the at the very last minute and were lucky to be on the boat with hundreds of other people.
Alcatraz is historic and definitely must see!Highly recommend !!!( make sure you wear comfy shoes)

Thank foodies588
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