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Ohio State Reformatory

100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield, OH 44905-1208
+1 419-522-2644
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Fantastic

I've been wanting to visit here for a while. I finally got the opportunity, and it was so worth... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Amy1918
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Martinsville
Interesting Tour

This is an incredible experience and definitely worth the drive. If you're anything like me and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Emily Y
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Built in 1886 for young offenders, this castle-like prison is now listed on the national register of historic places and offers guided tours.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“self guided tour” (153 reviews)
“ghost hunt” (27 reviews)
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100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield, OH 44905-1208
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+1 419-522-2644
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I've been wanting to visit here for a while. I finally got the opportunity, and it was so worth it. I could spend hours there just learning the history and fun stories from the movies shot there. I did the self guided tour with a...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is an incredible experience and definitely worth the drive. If you're anything like me and appreciate places like the West Virginia State Penitentiary or the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, the Ohio State Reformatory will not disappoint. So, why did I only give this attraction four...More

Thank Emily Y
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The OSR is definitely worth stopping at if you're in the Mid-Ohio area! We did the self-guided tour which comes with a hand held audio player , and there's plenty to take in without help from one of the employee-guides. It was fascinating to tour...More

Thank Melinda R
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Reviewed 6 days ago

You can go for the connection to Shawshank, but the rest of the history is amazing. We took a guided tour that explained about the films that had been shot there, and the connections to Shawshank Redemption ( which I am a huge fan of...More

Thank daveb186
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Incredible experience. Definitely need several hours to do the place justice. Got tickets for great price on Groupon. Will definitely go back.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

My family and I stopped by the Ohio Reformatory during our recent family vacation. The prison is located right in the middle of town which is unusual site for a prison. The outside of the building is amazing and is in great shape. There is...More

Thank Matthew C
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I went with my husband, 2 teenage boys, and my daughter who's 3.From other reviews I was worried about bringing my daughter because they said it was dangerous. I kept a close eye on her and it was fine. It's not a place to let...More

Thank Katie C
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I've been through "the reformatory" many times. I've taken the guided tour and I've gone through by myself with the audio-guide. The vastness of the facility coupled with its undeniably sinister atmosphere will set your imagination to work. It's no wonder virtually every paranormal tv...More

Thank Buckeyefever25
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Like Betsy G we took the ex Inmate Tour with Mike and JD a couple of weeks ago- when I was on a trip to Ohio from England to visit relatives. It was a matter of luck and good timing as it was "the next...More

Thank Lesley B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the self-guided tour, knowing we would never be able to hear all of the facts from the headset due to (2) young children. We enjoyed ourselves immensely here, staying for (2) hours. The first thing the girl at the front desk told us,...More

Thank dd65stang
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SusanR332018
9 July 2018|
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Response from dd65stang | Reviewed this property |
We did not have a reservation. We just showed up, and took a self-guided tour. Check out the information on their website ... mrps . org / explore / tours "GUIDED TOURS Learn about the rich history of the Reformatory... More
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Katie C
6 July 2018|
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Response from sharpestrn | Reviewed this property |
There is a restroom area towards the end of the tour where the tunnels from Shawshank are located. Have fun!
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deenas440
29 May 2018|
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Response from travelinbroke | Reviewed this property |
You would have to call them directly to inquire
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