Crumlin Road Gaol

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The Crumlin Road Gaol dates back to 1845 and closed its doors as a working prison in 1996. After extensive renovations the gaol has re opened as a visitor attraction and conference centre.

Today you can take a guided tour of the prison and hear about the history of the site from when women and children were held within its walls through to the political segregation of republican and loyalist prisoners and learn about why the decision was taken to close the prison.

During the tour of the gaol you will be taken by your tour guide to visit the underground tunnel that used to connect the gaol to the Crumlin Road Courthouse, you will get a chance to sit in the Governor’s chair, view all the wings from the circle and of course pay a visit to the condemned mans cell before seeing the execution cell where the majority of the 17 men were hanged.

Getting there:

By Bus:

The Gaol is serviced by Translink’s Metro Service 57 and 12B Monday to Saturday and there is a stop outside the Gaol. On Sundays we suggest you use the 12A service and get off at Carlisle Circus which is only a short distance from the Gaol.

By Car/Taxi: 

  • From the A12 (Westlink) take the exit for Clifton Street / Mater Hospital
  • Head North West on Clifton Street towards Carlisle Circus (signpost for Mater Hospital)
  • At Carlisle Circus, take the 2nd exit onto the Crumlin Road
  • Continue on Crumlin Road past the Mater Hospital and Crumlin Road Gaol (Both on right hand side)
  • Turn right onto Cliftonpark Avenue at the traffic lights.
  • After 500 yards, take the 1st right onto Summer Street.
  • At the Security Office turn right and follow the internal signage to the coach/car park.

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