1. United Kingdom
  2. County Antrim
  3. Belfast
  4. Crumlin Road Gaol

Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Historic Guided Tour

Product ID: 225228
Take a guided tour within the walls of Belfast’s infamous prison. Explore the jails cells, execution chamber, and graveyard as you learn about the prison 150-year history.
About this activity
Duration: 70 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about prison life throughout the jail's history from your knowledgable guide
  • Follow in the footsteps of thousands of prisoners as you walk through the underground tunnel which connects the jail to the courthouse
  • Visit the condemned man's cell
  • Seeing the execution cell where men were hanged
Full description
Journey through Northern Ireland’s only remaining Victorian Era prison. Hear the stories of the murderers, suffragette, loyalist and republican prisoners who jailed here. Learn about the births, executions, hunger strikes, and riots that have taken place within the prison walls.

Begin your tour in “the reception,” the dark and dank room where prisoners were stripped and washed and officially began their life behind bars. 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 this their way through the tunnel.

See “the circle,” which is located at the center 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 a part of their sentence, the condemned men were “to be buried in an unmarked grave, in unconsecrated ground.” 
Includes
  • Guided tour of Crumlin Road Gaol

Prepare for the activity

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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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• Please be at the reception 10 minutes before the starting time. There are a shop and a small museum on site for guests to look around while waiting.
• The first tour is at 10 am. The last tour is at 4:30 pm.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 173 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.8 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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The tour was great. I was really recommend it. It was one of the highlights of my trip to Belfast! We had Claire as a guide and she was excellent and really knew all her stuff, I had a chat with her after the tour ended just to talk more about the prison and she answered all the questions I had.

March 3, 2020

I enjoyed this experience. The travel guide Harry was excellent, and had been a former officer there. He passed on his great knowledge of the jail. The only thing I found disappointing was that there were no clear signs about where the tour was starting from and we were standing waiting outside, when in fact the tour started inside the main building. There was also a shortage of seating in the cafe. This tour was the highlight of my Belfast experiences and I would recommend this tour to anyone going to Belfast. It took approximately 10 minutes to get there in a taxi from my hotel in Belfast city centre.

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Product ID: 225228