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Visit the Crumlin Road Gaol
The Crumlin Road Gaol is a 19th century Grade A listed jail. It is open to the public for guided tours, concerts and events. Take a tour to experience all aspects of the Gaol from the tunnel linking the courthouse on the other side of the Crumlin Road to the hanging cell, Governors office, hospital and graveyard.
Crumlin Road Gaol first opened its gates to prisoners in 1846 and for 150 years was a fully operational prison. On March 31, 1996, the Governor of Belfast's Crumlin Road Gaol walked out of the fortified prison and the heavy air-lock gates slammed shut for the final time.
During those 150 years the Gaol has housed murderers, suffragettes and loyalist and republican prisoners. It has witnessed births, deaths and marriages and has been the home to executions, escapes, hunger-strikes and riots.
On a 70 minute guided tour, you will be taken through the years and experience what life was like for those imprisoned in ‘The Crum’.
Follow in the footsteps of over 25,000 prisoners and make the journey through the tunnel that connects the Gaol to the Courthouse. Explore C-Wing and see for yourself what prison life was like through the ages as well as the dark secret that lies within its walls. Pay a fleeting visit to the Condemned Man’s Cell where 17 men spent their last days before being executed. You will also visit the gravesite within the Gaol where the remains of 15 of the executed men still remain today.
Crumlin Road Gaol is open seven days a week all year round, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
The first tour commences at 10am and the last tour is at approximately 4.30pm. These hours may be extended if specialist tours are added during the evening or night.
- Adult: £9
- Child (5-15): £6.50
- Child under 5: Free
- Family: £25
- Concession: £8
- Group rate available on request.