Crumlin Road Gaol: An afternoon in prison…

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As the title would suggest, I spent the afternoon in prison – Crumlin Road Gaol (pronounced “jail”, I didn’t even know it was spelt that way!)

Sitting after lunch, Mum, Dad and I were trying to think of something different to do and so decided to book some last minute tickets for a guided tour. A quick change of clothes and off we drove towards Belfast. As we began to get close to Crumlin Road Gaol, the heavens opened and I swear the rain was almost biblical in the way it was falling. We waited until it had eased off to a steady downpour and then went inside to the tour starting point. As we were a tad early, we decided to have a look around the gift shop. On our way out, in walked Simon Calder – the English travel writer and broadcaster who is currently senior travel editor for The Independent newspaper! Well this was going to be an interesting tour.

Our guide, Harry, showed us into the room where he gave the usual health and safety talks and then we started on our way. To quote our knowledgeable guide “it’s hard to name a Northern Ireland politician who hasn’t spent time in Crumlin Road Gaol”.

The tour lasted about 90 minutes and we finished off back at the gift shop. I won’t ruin the history, you can look it up for yourself! All I will say is that it is definitely worth a visit. So if you’re ever in the area, pop in and give it a chance! I, personally, would be going back for their ghost tour or the Halloween tour.

Three floors of cells in each wing

So that was how I spent my bank holiday Monday. Rachel is back in school in the morning and no I am not going in with her – this blogger needs her beauty sleep!
Hope you all had a great day whatever you got/get up to!
Thanks again for reading

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