Guided Gaol Experience

*Guided Tours only run on Saturdays & Sundays at the moment*
*Dates are released 1 week in advance* 

Daily Tours

The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845, and closed its doors as a working prison after 150 years in service in 1996. The Gaol has re-opened as a visitor attraction after extensive renovations and today you can take a guided tour of the prison.

About the Tour
Discover over 150 years of history and follow in the footsteps of over 25,000 prisoners as you make the journey through Northern Ireland’s only remaining Victorian Era prison. The guided tour will allow you to explore the building’s colourful past and gain a unique and memorable insight into the daily lives and routines of both prisoners and prison officers over the Gaol’s existence. Your tour guide will inform you about the Gaol’s history including when women and children were imprisoned, the executions that were carried out, its more recent history and learn about why the decision was taken to close the prison.

The 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, the Historic Holding Cells, Centre Circle, C-Wing and Graveyard. Guided Tours will give you access to all areas included on the self-guided Crumlin Road Gaol Experience, you will also have exclusive access to additional areas not included on the self-guided tour. Tours are conducted by one of our expert guides.

Tour Duration: 90 mins approx

Information & Terms

  • Suitable warm clothing and flat shoes must be worn.
  • The main entrance to the Gaol is via the Gate House on the Crumlin Road.
  • Coaches & 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 (non-groups).
  • Please note there are no senior, student or child tickets available for the guided tours.

For groups of 15 people or more, please email our group booking team at [email protected] or contact their office on 02890741500

Please note all tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable