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Crumlin Road Gaol: Self-Guided Tour

Peer into the dark history of Northern Ireland's most infamous prison

Wheelchair accessible The Tunnel and the Drop Room / Flogging Cell are not accessible
Live guide: English
Provider: Crumlin Road Gaol Ltd
Registered address: 53-55 Crumlin Road, BT14 6ST, Belfast, GB
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* Animals are not allowed, except guide dogs * Free parking available on-site
  • Explore some of the darker chapters of Anglo-Irish history at the 150-year-old, notorious Crumlin Road Gaol
  • Follow a fascinating self-guided tour route through Northern Ireland's last remaining Victorian-era prison
  • Learn about the personal stories of the prisoners and officers, tales of escape, execution, and even traces of humanity

Northern Ireland has its fair share of infamous locales, but there are few places as storied and stained with the blood of The Troubles as Crumlin Road Gaol. This former jailhouse imprisoned some of the most important figures in Ireland who struggled for independence and was the scene of 17 executions over its 150-year lifespan.

On this 60-minute self-guided walking tour through the grim history of the gaol, you'll discover the tales of humanity that shone through even in its darkest days.

The last of Northern Ireland's remaining Victorian-era prisons, Crumlin Road Gaol is a time capsule of Irish history where many of the most significant figures from the time of The Troubles were interned – and in some cases, executed.

The likes of Éamon de Valera, Martin McGuinness, Michael Stone, Bobby Sands, and some 25,000 other prisoners – both Republican and Loyalist – have passed through these cold, dark chambers over the course of a century and a half.

On this self-guided tour, you'll have access to all areas of the gaol, from the tunnel linking the courthouse on the other side of the Crumlin Road to the Hanging Cell, the Historic Holding Cells, Centre Circle, C-Wing, and last but not least, the eerie Graveyard.

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The Yard Gift Shop & Coffee Shop

Open 7 days a week from 10:00 until 17:00

Cuffs Bar & Grill

Open 7 days a week (Sunday to Thursday 11:00 to 18:00, and Friday to Saturday 11:00 to 20:00)

Wednesday 10:30 - 15:00
Thursday 10:30 - 15:00
Friday 10:30 - 16:30
Saturday 10:30 - 16:30
Sunday 10:30 - 15:00
Monday 10:30 - 15:00
Tuesday 10:30 - 15:00
Crumlin Road Gaol
53-55 Crumlin Rd, BT14 6ST, Belfast
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  • Cancellation is possible until 24 hours before your visit.
  • Rescheduling is possible until 24 hours before your visit.

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3 reviews
Angela,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
26 Feb 2024
An unmissable experience when you visit Belfast! A brilliant, interactive and informative tour. Really well done and thought out.
Crumlin Road Gaol: Self-Guided Tour
Claire,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
03 Apr 2024
Absolutely brilliant!! An enjoyable day out. Easy to work through and a Top Class meal at The Bar and Grill
Crumlin Road Gaol: Self-Guided Tour
Malcolm,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
07 May 2024
Very informative and well presented staff were very good and professional
Crumlin Road Gaol: Self-Guided Tour

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