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Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

Activity provider: Crumlin Road Gaol

Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

Activity provider: Crumlin Road Gaol

From US$ 14.88 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

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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 shoes
    • Comfortable clothes

    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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    4.6 /5

    based on 709 reviews

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    Got the hop on hop off bus tour from city Hall stops about 100 yards from entrance we'd pre booked to be safe but it was quiet great little tour with different insights to the warden prisoners escapees executions just stroll round in your own time with different videos along the way would recommend if going to Belfast

    September 10, 2022

    I went expecting it to just take an hour but to get the full experience take your time and be prepared to give it 2 hours. The fact that there weren't many visiting the attraction at the same time gave the tour an authentic feel in so far as you could be in a cell without others and get to 'feel' what it was like to be imprisoned there.

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    August 23, 2022

    We did the self-guided tour. It was really informative and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Good toilet and food/drink facilities on site. Use the Hop on Hop off bus (stop 18) to get you there, or there is a city centre bus that als o stops on the Crumlin Road. Very good value for money.

    June 21, 2022

    Product ID: 225228