Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

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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
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
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    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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

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      • Comfortable shoes
      • Comfortable clothes

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      • Pets
      • Video recording

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      • Please check in at reception on arrival
      • The first admission is 11:00 AM, last admission is 3:30 PM
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      4.8 /5

      based on 239 reviews

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      Really interesting. Unfortunately execution experience which was last of the interactive exhibits was poorly laid out. We wandered in. The door closed behind us. Waited for five minutes and then wandered out. Later we were told that was a good part. A bit more instruction would have helped eg next show time.

      July 21, 2021

      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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      February 19, 2020

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