Crumlin Road Gaol
Crumlin Road Gaol
4.5
10:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:15 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 6:15 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:15 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:15 PM
About
The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed it's doors as a working prison in 1996. After extensive renovations the gaol has re opened as a visitor attraction and conference centre. Today you can take a guided tour of the prison and hear about the history of the site from when women and children were held within it's walls through to the political segregation of republican and loyalist prisoners and learn about why the decision was taken to close the prison.During the tour of the gaol you will be taken by your tour guide to visit the underground tunnel that used to connect the gaol to the Crumlin Road Courthouse, you will get a chance to sit in the Governor's chair, view all the wings from the circle and of course pay a visit to the condemned mans cell before seeing the execution cell where the majority of the 17 men were hanged.
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  • Katie R
    Coleraine, United Kingdom166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating glimpse
    Fascinating place to visit with plenty of history and connections to the past. There's an eerie sense of the impact of the events connected to former prisoners. It's a shame that the old court house across the tiad had become derelict, and the connecting tunnel is closed. It would be amazing to see the building restored and reconnected to the gaol. So much of the site seems to be closed to the public. It's a shame.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Samuel D
    St. Andrews, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Britain's Alactraz
    Crumlin Road Gaol is one of the best visitor attractions in Northern Ireland. It was so well presented and designed, and it has to be on the itinerary of someone interested in the history of Belfast and Criminal Justice. There was an authentic, eery atmosphere about the place, especially in the condemned cell and execution chamber.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 6, 2023
  • gilliansheath
    Lancaster, United Kingdom51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great couple of hours
    This is fascinating place to visit. Its history is more than The Troubles. Cells are set up as in Victorian times. Be grateful that you weren't ever a prisoner there! A good coffee served. Interesting walk back to the city via Shankill Road
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 7, 2023
  • Sárán Ó Machail
    Manchester, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see when in Belfast!
    A fascinating place to visit when Belfast and it most certainly helps understanding Belfasts history . We had a brilliant tour guide who made the tour very interesting and informative. I would highly recommend visit g when in Belfast.
    Visited April 2022
    Written March 23, 2023
  • Colingc
    Twickenham, United Kingdom70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in Belfast
    We had never been on a prison tour before but it was well worth it. It's pretty haunting. Very informative and enjoyable. Our guide was Elaine who was excellent. It was a huge group and Elaine handled it really well. But bigger groups normally mean less questions and interaction. That is something the management should address. You need to to probably do more tours with less people on each (max 20). However it really is worth the visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2023
  • Nick
    Nottingham, United Kingdom236 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Only takes an hour!
    We arrived here around 1500 for last entry. The attraction closes at 1700, which is more than enough time to get round the whole exhibition - we only took an hour. It's a self-guided tour, although the chap on the car park gate said we had to book onto a tour, which is incorrect. It's very interactive, lots of video exhibits to watch on life in the prison. It's very much worth a visit if museums are your thing. Entry was £12.50 per person. Plenty of on site car parking which was free.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 29, 2023
  • Jackie D
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great
    Really enjoyed our visit to this museum, a very good informative insight to how things were, a bit scary in the underground tunnel which back in the day was connected to the court house opposite. Lots of videos to see telling the history of the Gaol. Visited the restaurant which was lovely too. Nice gift shop also.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 30, 2023
  • Becky
    36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Historical Site
    Booked a group tour and it was definitely worth it. Tour guide (sorry I can't remember his name) was really funny and informative. Having the tour guide was a great choice, having everything explained to you while being able to ask questions is definitely a better experience. The Gaol itself is very interesting, been kept and restored very well, and a lot of the original elements from the gaol still remain.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 31, 2023
  • Cheshire😎
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A few hours well spent
    Really enjoyed our visit with our teenage nephew. Well laid out and interesting interactive tour which took about 1.5 hours to complete. Lunch in the care delicious, great services and reasonably priced. Would highly recommend.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 31, 2023
  • scotland2022
    39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Misleading Prices…
    Looked online and the tickets said £12.50 or £12 if you buy online! Attended with my partner and the receptionist advised it was £29.50 for two tickets. When I queried this she said that the prices ‘went up today’ convenient! Bit misleading with no info on website about that, or anywhere & seems slightly greedy. Probably should’ve booked online and saved myself £5. Tour was good, but wouldn’t pay £15 again for it.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
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Numptynuts1
Glenrothes, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Had a few hours to spare so walked from city centre to this attraction. Worth every penny and really enjoyed it. The tour is well thought out and great to get a unbiased opinion of the troubles.
Written February 27, 2024
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Tinker1980
London68 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Whilst the building is wonderful, and the history that comes with it very interesting - a stark reminder of how different things were not so long ago, it was very disappointing / is over priced.

The "coffee shop" is a lady at a til in a small gift shop with a coffee machine - no seating.

There are no staff around to speak to and the majority of our time was spent either waiting for the group in front of us to finish their experience of the interactive displays before it was our turn or walking through a car park to the exit.

You get to go into a very small part of the prison following arrows on the floor. We were in and out within 45 minutes.

Definitely not suitable for wheelchair users - despite it saying it is.
Written February 27, 2024
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Heathsr11
67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit. Opposite Crumlin gaol is the old courthouse - it’s derelict but it’s worth getting a photo due to its links with the gaol.
When you enter there are some boards giving you a timeline, we’d recommend reading them first as they give you a bit of the history of the gaol- however there is a constant message telling you to follow the arrows which can get annoying!
We were able to only walk a short way down the tunnel which is linked to the old courthouse. The whole gaol is very atmospheric and there are plenty of options to hear about the prisoners and what life was like for them.
In the room about the troubles there is a brilliant animated video of the history of the troubles which gives a very quick but comprehensive summary of this period of history.
In the final room you can see where prisoners prepared for execution and you’re also able to walk outside to their unmarked graves.
We learnt a lot on our visit and would definitely recommend. We had lunch in the Cuffs restaurant which was good value for money; had friendly staff; and great food.
Written February 22, 2024
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Gillian T
148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A very interesting insight into the old justice system (not just the Irish system). Also very good at depicting the troubles, in an easy to understand way.I would definitely recommend a visit. The different cells and the tunnel are particularly good
Written February 21, 2024
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Nicolicious9
Glasgow, UK64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Loved this visit. Very interesting...who knew going to Goal would be fun lol Easy to access and reasonably priced. My 9 year old nephew enjoyed it also
Written February 18, 2024
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kate s
Lancashire, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Insightful trip and very interactive with holograms and video clips of various things. Definitely worth a visit if you like history.

A lovely restaurant within the grounds as well.

Has a taxi phone line in reception which was useful for us. Bus lines run closely to prison as well.
Written February 16, 2024
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Jill M
Perth, UK583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
If you want a guided tour check when these are available. However the tour itself you do does have lots of interactive sections and lots to see and read.
Highly informative. Lots of walking but well worth it.
Can be accessed by the hop on hop off bus stop 18 which is almost at the end of the tour about an hour in.
Written February 15, 2024
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Janice W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We opted for a tour guided tour and whoa, we were so very very impressed. I doubt there is anyone in NI who knows more about the history of the gaol than our tour guide Harry. The tour itself was extremely informative, flowed effortlessly around the site and great, great fun. We were a family of 6 - 2 children from ages 25-11. Everyone loved the day. Will look forward to returning!!
Written February 12, 2024
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Martin O
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Absolutely brilliant, very very informative and so well presented and explained , we did a guided tour and it was well worth it , the guide was very knowledgeable and encouraged us to ask questions , he was easy going
Written February 10, 2024
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Ganne
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Thankyou Harry for an amazing tour
Extremely knowledgeable and friendly
Brilliant engagement with your audience and always having an honest answer to questions.

I don’t think the experience would of been the same without you thanks againx
Written February 5, 2024
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