Get to the slammer! At The Crumlin Road Gaol, visitors can set foot in an old working prison that dates all the way back to 1845 and closed its doors as a functional prison in 1996. If you would like to learn about what life was like behind bars in this time period then come down so you can expect to enjoy a variety of experiences at the Gaol from self-navigated walks to guided tours of the whole facility! It’s easy to go to prison but almost impossible to get out, and that remains the case for tourists of Crumlin Road Gaol, will the secrets and stories of this jail keep you too interested to leave?

Why should I visit Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast?

At the Crumlin Road Jail, visitors can explore the prison and experience the history of the famous site in which women and children were held within the walls through to the segregation of loyalist and republican prisoners. Come and learn why the decision to close the prison was taken as well as uncovering all of the other hidden stories and secrets of the Gaol! 

During your visit to the Gaol, you will get the opportunity to visit the underground tunnel that was used to connect the Gaol to the Crumlin Road Courthouse, visit all of the wings from the Gaol circle, and get a chance to visit the condemned man’s cell before visiting the execution cell, the cell in which the majority of the 17 men that were executed at the Gaol were killed.

  • Open 7 days a week
  • There is a 12 rating on the jail
  • Doors open from 10.30 am till 3.20 pm Sunday to Thursday and from 10.30 am till 6.20 pm Friday and Saturday
  • Adult fees are £10.80 online or £12 at the door
  • Child (5-15) fees are £5 online or £7.50 at the door
  • Concession fees are £9 online or £10 at the door
  • Family fees are £27 online or £30 at the door

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