Crumlin Road Gaol Visitor Attraction – hop off and explore this amazing Victorian prison
You can now can hop off your Belfast City Sightseeing tour at enjoy a guided tour of the remarkable Crumlin Road Gaol.
This unique Visitor Attraction has unrivalled history and an atmosphere that is unmissable.
Crumlin Road Gaol is a former prison which closed in 1996. The Gaol was designed by Charles Lanyon at a cost of £60,000 to replace the County Gaol in Carrickfergus and known as the County Gaol of Antrim.
Partly based on HM Prison Pentonville, it was one of the most advanced prisons of its day. Built within a five sided wall on ten acres, the four wings are up to four stories in height and fan off from the central area known as the Circle.
It was the first prison in Ireland to be built according to the “separate system”, intended to separate prisoners from each other with no communication between them. The prison was designed to hold between 500- 550 prisoners but during the civil unrest in Northern Ireland especially during 1970′s as many as 900 prisoners were held here.
The Gaol has now been turned into a major visitor attraction and conference centre. You will be able to take a tour of the prison and hear the varied history of the Gaol that dates back to 1845. You will be taken to the execution cell where 17 men were executed between 1854-1961. You will also be shown the Governors office and the restored cells of C wing. There will be an opportunity to walk along the underground tunnel that links the Gaol to the courthouse where the prisoners were led to the Gaol after being sentenced.
- School tours and educational packages available
- Group rates a speciality
- Discounts available when you show your Belfast City Sightseeing ticket
There is also a cafe and gift shop on site.
Opening times: First tour at 10.00 and last tour at 16.30 daily Monday- Sunday.