Guided Tour Of Crumlin Road Gaol In Belfast


The Crumlin Road Gaol closed its doors as a jail in 1996 and reopened as a tourist attraction in 2013. Once home to a number of Northern Ireland's high-profile prisoners, the gaol has a grim history that includes state executions by hanging, child prisoners, and some spooky paranormal happenings. Take a 1-hour tour with a guide to learn more about it.


  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Skip the line
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Led by a local guide

Details about this tour

On your guided tour of Crumlin road gaol, visit the reception processing building, where incoming prisoners were processed and washed.

Walk along the infamous tunnel linking the gaol to the Crumlin Road Courthouse, and take in the view of the gaol's center circle, which branches out into four wings: A, B, C, and D. You can explore cells where up to four prisoners at a time would live, plus see the 'Condemned Man's' cell, where a prisoner spent his final days before being executed by hanging.

Your tour ends in the execution chamber and drop cell.


  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Crumlin Road Gaol


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Strictly nonrefundable and nontransferable

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

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Cancellation Policy

This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


  • tracey.bettany22

    Really enjoyed this tour. Joe our guide was very knowledgeable and explained everything really well.

    I found the condemned man’s cell particularly emotional - you will understand why when you visit.

  • Brian S

    This was a great tour our guide Danny was very good made history sound exciting. Would like to have heard more about some of the more prominent prisoners. But overall it was an excellent tour that I would recommend to anyone and would not hesitate to return.

  • Susan W

    We were looking forward to this visit and it didn't disappoint! We arrived and the next tour was in an hour.The girl on reception was very helpful and told us where the tour started, location of cafe.The weather was gorgeous and we sat outside.There was a museum with lots of the gaol's history and interesting artefacts and exhibits.The time passed quickly.Our guide Trisha welcomed us.She was friendly and very informative.She gave us lots of time to look around.The gaol was as it was when it was a working one and it really made you think about what and who had walked there and been in those cells!
    A very worthwhile visit.

  • Jill W

    Booked tickets through this site, unaware it was not the official site, and was given 10am time, but wanted 2pm. Apparently this just means thats when the tours can start, you can join any tour if it not oversubscribed, otherwise you just have to wait. This was not obvious when I booked and there is no refund or change. The tour itself was very good and informative. Learnt some amazing facts.

  • antony l

    thoroughly enjoyed this informative tour of the Gaol. the tour was brought to life by our guide Gerry

  • burnthewitch1692

    We had the last tour of the day and there were only six of us so it was intimate and nice. Our tour guide Terry was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. He takes you through and around the prison though there is time to explore a bit on your own. There is also a restarant there with very good food!

  • Taziana F

    Absolutely recommend this tour! It's very fascinating, regardless of any prior knowledge you may or may not have. Our tour guide was Brendan. He was brilliant, knew anything you wanted to know if he hadn't already told you. The tour takes you through the prisoners' reception area, the underground tunnel connecting the jail with the courthouse across the road, the governer's office, one wing of cells and the outer grounds. It takes a little over an hour to complete and is very accessible. We walked there using iPhone maps from Jury's Inn in 20 minutes but I believe there is a few bus lines running close by. Great value for money, great for kids and great for anyone with any inkling of interest!

  • jillpphillips

    A great tour, very interesting. A must do place to see on your visit to Belfast.
    We did the Black Cab political tour in the morning and was dropped off at the Goal.
    Easy booking with Viator.

  • Vanessa M

    Very interesting, tour guide was very knowledgeable.

  • Michael O

    This tour is very cheap and represents fantastic value for money. The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable, it was absolutely fascinating to be able to walk through the jail and listen to the expert commentary. I was only in Belfast for a short time but the tour is not too long and easy to to fit into a busy schedule. Highly recommended.

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