Crumlin Road Jail - Gaol

Crumlin Road Gaol - Jail - Stop 18.

The Crumlin Road Gaol first opened in 1846 for incoming prisoners and for 150 years was a fully functional prison. On March 31, 1996, the Governor of Belfast's Crumlin Road Gaol walked out of the fortified prison and the heavy air-locked gates where closed for the final time.

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 hospital and graveyard, hanging cell, Governor's office.

During those 150 years the Gaol has witnessed births, deaths and marriages and has housed murderers, suffragettes and republican and loyalist prisoners and held executions, escapes, riots and hunger-strikes.

The prison is amongst one of the most haunted places in Ireland and has proven to be a hit not only with ghost hunters and the paranormal, but sightseekers visiting Belfast.

The Belfast Hop on Hop off tour passes the Crumlin Road Gaol every 30-45 minutes 7 days per week - why not Hop off and visit the jail, its steeped in history and offers a deep insight into a victorian era prison.

Many a ghost has been spotted and strange sounds even during the day within its walls holds many a story, be on your guard and don't get trapped in the stocks.

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