Description

The Crumlin Road Gaol is a 19th century Grade A listed jail, open to the public for 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, Governor's 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.
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  • 53-55 Crumlin Road
  • Belfast
  • Antrim
  • BT14 6ST

Top Reasons To Visit

  • Follow in the footsteps of over 25,000 prisoners
  • Enter the tunnel that connects the Gaol to the Courthouse
  • Explore C-Wing and experience prison life conditions
  • Visit the Condemned Man's Cell where 17 men were executed
  • Gift shop with branded merchandise and local arts and crafts
  • The Tour

    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.

  • Tickets

    Online prices:

    • Adult: £9
    • Child (5-15): £6.50
    • Child under 5: Free
    • Family: £25
    • Concession: £8
    • Group rate available on request.

    Tickets can be purchased online at www.crumlinroadgaol.com or by calling 028 9074 1500. They can also be purchased at the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, 9 Donegall Square North.

  • The Troubles Tour

    This half day tour begins with a brief introduction to local history including pre-Troubles, the Troubles and the Peace Process. Once you have an understand of the local history you will meet an ex-loyalist prisoner and be led through the Shankill Estate and Shankill Road. On this section of the tour you will learn what it was like to grow up on these streets during the Troubles and gain an insight into the views of the loyalist community. You will then proceed to the Shankill Memorial Park before making your way to the Lanark Way Peace Gate (Checkpoint Charlie) were you will be handed over to an Ex-Republican prisoner. The tour will continue to Falls Road, peace walls and back to Crumlin Road Gaol.

  • The Troubles at Crumlin Road Gaol

    This 90 minute experience will allow you to explore the role the prison played during the conflict in Belfast. The high security Crumlin Road Gaol (known locally as ‘The Crum’) held prisoners since 1846 but took a leading role in the detainment of Republicans and Loyalists during the Troubles. Its connection to the Crumlin Road Courthouse and the introduction of interment without trial led to the highest prison population during its 150 years of operation.

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