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Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

Belfast: Crumlin Road Gaol Experience

Activity provider: Crumlin Road Gaol
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From US$ 13.22 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
Full description
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
    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 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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    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 558 reviews

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    This experience is a good way to pass a couple of hours in Belfast. It’s informative and interactive giving a good insight into the everyday life of the inmates and the reasons they were in there. Make sure you visit the little pub for a Guinness at the jail pub and meet the friendly staff. We’ll worth the money!!

    April 25, 2022

    Fundamental for the tour are the videos, which are very informative and help you to immerse in the prison life. We loved the projections too. Unfortunately though a lot of of videos didn't work, and I was quite upset when the most interesting projection/video, in the execution room didn't work. I felt like I paid full ticket price, but I received half of what I was supposed to.

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    March 15, 2022

    I grew up hearing about the Crumlin jail, but I never imagined what it was really like. I have to say I was shocked at what I witnessed, therefore I found the whole visit a sober experience but one I would recommend to others. It informs warts and all and makes one reflect on the cruelty of the pass and how fortunate and privileged we are today. A massive eye opener but one I will never forget.

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    March 14, 2022

    Product ID: 225228