• What are the gaol’s opening hours?

     
    • Crumlin Road Gaol is open 7 days a week all year round. (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day excluded.) The first tour commences at 10:00 and the last tour is at 16:30. These hours may be extended if specialist tours are added during the evening / night. Information on these tours will be available on the website.

  • What are the admission costs?

     
    • Adults: £8:50 Children: £6.50 (5-15yrs) Concessions: £7.00 (Seniors/Students/Children) Family Tickets: £25.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children) Groups: Please call for rates Children 16 years and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Students must have a valid student card For information on educational trips and coach parties please e-mail info@crumlinroadgaol.com

  • Do you accept credit cards at Crumlin Road Gaol?

     
    • Yes, we accept all major credit cards

  • Where can I collect my tickets?

     
    • Pre-booked tickets can be posted to your chosen address or collected at the Belfast Welcome Centre

  • What is the significance of Crumlin Road Gaol?

     
    • Crumlin Road Gaol opened in 1845 and it is a perfect example of how a Victorian prison evolved through history until it closed its doors in 1996. During its time in service 17 people were executed, numerous escapes were undertaken and many infamous inmates were detained in it. Following a complete refurbishment it is now opened as one of the most intriguing attractions for visitors to Belfast.

  • For what type of people is Crumlin Road Gaol a suitable visit?

     
    • Whilst people with an interest in life in Belfast during the Victorian period will find the Gaol particularly fascinating, it is such a unique attraction that it appeals to groups of all types. The Gaol has a strong appeal to educational groups of all levels and at various places can be linked to periods in our intriguing history

  • How long does a tour last?

     
    • It is recommended that approximately 75 minutes should be allowed to fully enjoy a tour of the Gaol.

  • When is the best time to visit the Gaol?

     
    • The early morning period is very often the best time to visit the Gaol as evenings tend to be busy.

  • What is the normal procedure for a visit to the Gaol?

     
    • The main entrance to the Gaol is via the Gate House on the Crumlin Road. Coaches and cars may enter the site via the Summer Street entrance and follow the appropriate traffic management signs. Admission tickets can be purchased on the day but we advise pre-booking to avoid disappointment. We recommend that you arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes prior to the tour time, to enable tickets to be checked or to be purchased. The Gaol Tour comprises of a qualified guide exploring the prison with your allocated group. The Tour will cover all aspects of the Gaol from the Tunnel linking the courthouse on the other side of the Crumlin Road to the Hanging Cell while also taking in the Historic Holding Cells, Governors Office, Centre Circle, C-Wing, Hospital and Graveyard on the way.

  • Do you have free coach parking/car parking?

     
    • We have free coach and car parking available on site. Follow the traffic management system when you enter the Gaol via the Summer Street entrance

  • Are advance reservations recommended for group visits?

     
    • Because of the unique nature of the Gaol advance reservations are strongly recommended for groups of 8 or more visitors. Discounted admission rates are also available

  • How should you dress for the Tour?

     
    • We advise people to wear warm waterproof clothing for the tour. Although most of the tour is indoors there are areas between buildings and when exploring the Hospital and Graveyard where you will be subject the elements. In all other areas of the Gaol you are indoors but warm clothing is recommended as places like the Gaol Wing and Tunnel areas can be cold. Visitors should consult www.metoffice.gov.uk for their tour date

  • Can I request a tour in an alternative language?

     
    • Yes we can offer tours in various languages but normally for Groups pre-booked. For more information on these please contact info@crumlinroadgaol.com

  • Are the Gaol facilities wheelchair friendly?

     
    • The facilities are designed to be accessible to guests with disabilities including: - Disabled car park - Disabled toilets - Provision of seating at various points throughout the Gaol - Wheelchairs available for visitors to borrow if booked in advance (£10 Deposit) - Necessary carers are admitted free of charge on a 1:1 basis and disabled guests pay

  • Is the tour wheelchair friendly?

     
    • Large parts of the tour can be accessed by wheelchairs or mobility scooters users but some areas cannot. These areas include the Tunnel and the Drop Room below the Hanging Cell. Our Guides will endeavour to accommodate any wheelchair user to ensure they get the best out of the Tour.

  • Are dogs allowed in the Gaol?

     
    • Sorry, there are no dogs except guide dogs allowed in the Gaol.

  • How can I get to the Gaol by public transport?

     
    • The Gaol is serviced by Translink’s Metro Service 57 and 93

Tour Details

Tours run seven days per week

  • First Tour: 10.00am
  • Last Tour: 4.30pm
  • Tour Duration: 1 hr 15 mins (Approx

Admission Fees

  • Adults: £8.50
  • Children: £6.50
  • Concession: £7.00
  • Family: £25.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children)
  • Group Rate: Available on request
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