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Eastern State Penitentiary

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Address: 2124 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: +1 215-236-3300
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site was once the most famous and...

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Tours today include the cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone’s Cell, and Death Row.

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We got tickets for general admission, on a sat right around 1:30 (no line). I had looked online and the guide-led tour was already full, but we ended up being right behind them... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We got tickets for general admission, on a sat right around 1:30 (no line). I had looked online and the guide-led tour was already full, but we ended up being right behind them, so we got to hear some of it. Honestly, we both liked the headset tour better. It walks you through, gives you history and then you can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Al Capone's cell is here and that's what I came to see. The place is very cold and ancient which is to be expected. There was nothing fancy about the place to me. It took about 10 minutes for me to walk through

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

First... it's a prison. It's not like it's Disney or even something Philly normal like the Liberty Bell. It's a prison in the middle of a large city that looks more like a castle than anything. Secondly... it was pretty awesome. We did the self guided tour with Steve Buscemi as the narrator. Brilliant choice. It's by far the best... More 

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Hinsdale, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The overall building was extraordinary, but to step foot into the cells was spine-chilling. Most of the cells have been left untouched with tables and stuff turned over and all sorts of things in them. Highly recommend for families with kids over 12 or who can actually appreciate and acknowledge the historical significance. Definitely worth spending a couple of hours... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was interesting to see this old jail. They highlight the cell where Al Capone stayed as one walks around the entire building. They do a very scary Halloween fright night but I have not experienced it but hear it is very scary. It's kinda spooky just walking around it on a normal day. There is also a restaurant, pub... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was slightly sceptical about this place, because I thought it would just be a walk around the grounds with a few placards. I was very pleasantly surprised. There's an excellent audio guide tour (narrated by no less that Steve Buscemi) which talks you around the prison and discusses the history of the prison in an accessible manner. It's the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Penitentiary is a bit out of the city centre but easily accessible on the Philly Phlash bus (or one of the other tourist buses). I went for the self guided audio tour. Very clear commentary and instructions on where to turn, where you should be and what number to select next. This was one of the places on my... More 

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Crisfield, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to the pen on a whim as our kids usually go the for the Halloween tours and thought we should see the lure in the daylight. The recordings told a lot of stories about the people who were incarcerated there and how the building was designed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cool place to visit. Our group took an Uber to the Penitentiary, and it was only about a 5 minute ride. If you're looking to occupy a few hours, I would definitely recommend stopping by.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A little something different. Cost is $14 each . Pay parking lot near by. $ 8 for 2 hours. They give you a headset and when you get to a numbered sign. You put in the number and here the story.

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