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West Virginia Penitentiary

818 Jefferson Ave, Moundsville, WV 26041-2235
+1 304-845-6200
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A tour we will never forget

We were the last tour of day, and the only two people on the tour. Donna did a nice job telling... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mike H
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Buffalo, New York, United States
Creepy and educational

This prison is absolutely gorgeous! The tour guide had a great personality and was very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
K M
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Pennsylvania
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Built in 1866 and in operation until 1995, this prison offers 90-minute guided tours of the facility from April 1, through November 30. Day tours, Paranormal events, October's haunted house, Elizabethtown Festival, are just a few of the events that take place at the facility on an annual basis.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“day tour” (34 reviews)
“prison guard” (11 reviews)
“sugar shack” (16 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:45 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
818 Jefferson Ave, Moundsville, WV 26041-2235
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+1 304-845-6200
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"twilight tour"
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"north walk"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were the last tour of day, and the only two people on the tour. Donna did a nice job telling us the history of this prison. Maybe because we were the only ones there or the dark and rainy atmosphere but the we just...More

Thank Mike H
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This prison is absolutely gorgeous! The tour guide had a great personality and was very knowledgeable. I had never heard of this place, but I found it online and I'm so glad I did. It looks very intimidating from the outside, but the tour is...More

Thank K M
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is definitely a must-see if you are in the area (and if you aren't, you will want to plan it anyways!). Chuck did a great job on the tour as a former corrections officer, and gave a lot of cool insight and stories. Such...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

first time there..said it opened at 11;00 we sat outside the main entrance till 11'05,there was no one around to ask if we were in the correct place,,,finally went to the main doors and saw a lady inside went to get tickets for the tour,,missed...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Of all the haunted places to go to this place is the best. This is the 3rd time we did the all night ghost adventure time and every time we go tons of activity!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for paranormal activity! We attended the twilight tour. We will be going back for and overnight as well!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour guide was great!!! Showed us all of the main spots of the prison and explained a lot about the things that happened there.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great visit to the penitentiary. We did the 6pm to 9pm tour but wished to did the overnight tour. Time flew by. Tons of information given, lots of pictures, and then time on your own to explore the prison. We added a...More

Thank Sandy S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This famous location is very large and they give you the chance to explore most of the facility. The lobby/gift area was large bright, clean and very safe for leaving bags behind. The building is impressive, the atmosphere amazing and we enjoyed our time. A...More

Thank Lisa H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a great experience from the start. Very friendly staff and the escape room was challenging and fun. We defiantly plan on returning for an overnight adventure!

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mjoneslastname
19 April 2018|
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Response from Kevin C | Reviewed this property |
$12 for adults, $9 for "seniors" 55+, $6 for children 6-16, and children 5 and underare free. The Dungeon of Horrors and Escape Room are both $25 per person with discounts for large groups available
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Jerrica H
25 August 2017|
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Response from Maureen T | Reviewed this property |
I wasn't aware that they allowed pets but I could see a dog moving along this tour well. I do not think we walked on stairs nor did we go into small spaces (except for the cells if we wanted to).
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Shannon B
26 January 2017|
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Response from FugiMan | Reviewed this property |
The place in itself looks intimidating, but there's nothing to really be scared about, especially during a day tour. It's more of how things were back in the 1800's, and the history of the building. I think an 11 year old... More
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