Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

From US$ 14.64 per person

Visit Belfast’s infamous prison. Explore the jails cells, execution chamber and graveyard, as you learn about the prison's 150-year history.

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  • Explore the site at your own leisure on this self-guided experience
  • Learn about prison life with audio and video commentary in each area
  • Visit the condemned man's cell
  • Seeing the execution cell where men were hanged
  • Walk through the tunnel connecting the jail to the courthouse
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Journey through Northern Ireland’s only remaining Victorian-era prison. Hear the stories of the murderers, suffragettes, loyalists and republican prisoners who were jailed here. Learn about the births, executions, hunger strikes and riots that have taken place within the prison walls. Begin your visit in the jail basement, where you can see artifacts from when the jail was in operation. Walk through the passageway, known as “the tunnel,” which connects the jail with the courthouse across the road. Between 1968 and the prison’s closing, over 25,000 prisoners made their way through this tunnel. See “the circle,” which is located at the centre of the four wings of the jail. Marvel at the jail’s 19th-century Victorian architecture. Next, make your way to the C-wing. Experience what the living conditions were like in the prison at various points throughout the jail’s history. See the condemned man’s cell. Seventeen men in total were executed at the jail, and you will see where many of them spent their last days. Enter the execution chamber where twelve men had their lives ended. End your tour at the graveyard, where the executed men were buried. As part of their sentence, the condemned men were “to be buried in an unmarked grave, in unconsecrated ground.”
  • Self-guided visit to Crumlin Road Gaol
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Please go to the reception on arrival at Crumlin Road Gaol. There is a free car park on site.

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable clothes
    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Video recording

    Know before you go

    • Please check in at reception on arrival
    • The first admission is 11:00 AM, last admission is 3:30 PM
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    4.7 /5

    based on 451 reviews

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    Loved the whole experience, 2 hours to go around and the restaurant in it was beautiful also, highly recommend this place for all ages! My only disappointment however was the fact that in online and in their brochure it advertises the walk through the underground tunnel, this was closed off apart from 1 very small section at the start of the tunnel.. Also I felt there wasn’t quite enough shown of inside the prison, upstairs was closed, the matron’s tower. But overall I enjoyed it.

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    August 20, 2021

    Very interesting tour. Really enjoyed the video at the end. It will help to educate people on the troubles . The tunnel had a very chilling feeling. The 2 scary part of the tour was the last cell to be seen as when the jail was closed. The only down side was people not respecting people private space they were on top of you when watching a video or talking out loud . Not very respectful . Only a suggestion maybe have a staff member on the wing to get people to respect others . Only a thought.

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    August 19, 2021

    There were 6 of us that visited the gaol (myself, wife and our four children). Had a really good day. We’ve been before with our eldest 2 but we had a tour guide then and we found that it was more enjoyable with a guide. It was hard for all 6 of us to go into a room to watch the screens and listen to the audio if there was already someone in that room as obviously the cells aren’t massive and people still worried about COVID.

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    August 5, 2021

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