Tickets for Crumlin Road Gaol: Self Guided Tour.
- Admission to Crumlin Road Gaol
Crumlin Road Gaol. You have been sentenced to JAIL! But don’t worry, they will let you out once you’ve finished the tour, unless you misbehave!
This self-guided tour will give you an insight in to prison life and the darker chapters of Anglo-Irish history at the infamous Crumlin Road Gaol.
The self-guided tour last for 60-minutes and will give you access to all areas and information on some of the 25,000 prisoners that spent time there including some of the most famous inmates including Eamon de Valera, Martin McGuiness, Michael Stone and Bobby Sands.
See the tunnel that links the jail to the courthouse and the Hanging Cell along with the old holding cells, Centre Circle, C-Wing and lastly the graveyard!
Crumlin Road opened in 1845 and closed in 1996. It had a bad reputation for very harsh conditions and was regularly used to keep political prisoners during the infamous Troubles.
Having closed in 1996, Crumlin Road Gaol is now a tourist attraction and gives visitors a glimpse into how life was there for the prisoners.
Interesting Facts About Crumlin Road Gaol
- The jail dates back to 1845 and closed as a working jail in 1996 and is now a tourist attraction!
- 17 men were executed at the jail with the first being in 1854.
- It opened with 106 prisoners.
- In 1914 the Suffragettes were imprisoned.
- In 1927 4 prisoners escaped
- Part of the boundary wall was damaged by an air raid during WWII in 1941
- In 1991 there was an attack at the jail and two prisoners were killed
- The prison was designed by Sir Charles Lanyon, the same person that designed several other local well-known buildings including Queen’s University Belfast and even Belfast Castle!
- During World War II, the prison was also used to house German prisoners of war.
- Crumlin Road Gaol has also been featured in Game of Thrones.
Useful Information About Crumlin Road Gaol
Crumlin Road Gaol Address: Crumlin Road Gaol, 53-55 Crumlin Road, Belfast, BT14 6ST
How to get to Crumlin Road Goal: Translink Metro Service 57 and 12B stop outside. On Sundays 12A stops at Carlisle Circus which is a short walk.
Crumlin Road Gaol Opening Hours
Monday-Thursday: 10:30 – 15:00 | Friday & Saturday: 10:30 – 16:30 | Sunday: 10:30 – 15:00
Crumlin Road Gaol Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When was Crumlin Road Gaol built?
A: Crumlin Road Gaol was built in 1845 and closed in 1996, so it was operational for 151 years.
Q: What was Crumlin Road Gaol used for?
A: Crumlin Road Gaol was sadly used as a prison for women and children that were in prison for crimes committed. It was also used to house political prisoners from the troubles faced in Northern Ireland and later on during world war II, it was used to house German prisoners of war as well.
Q: What can visitors to Crumlin Road Goal expect to see?
A: Visitors to Crumlin Road Goal can see the various wings the prison had along with the cells that they kept prisoners in and also the gallows where the executions took place.