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Eastern State Penitentiary

2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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Reviewed today via mobile

Very interested in the history of this place. I had no idea it even existed before our trip to Philly. Almost a creepy feeling walking through here. It was cold and damp inside which only added to the creepiness. The headphones and narration by Steve...More

Thank Dale F
Reviewed yesterday

We did a self guided tour of the first penitentiary in the United States. I like that they left it for the most part untouched, I hear they do a Halloween event there. Would love to do that, but didn't have the time

Thank H1363HVpaula
Reviewed yesterday

Literally you are allowed to wander the penitentiary. I reccomend getting the audio tour. The description form what was viewed as a one large room free for all to the solitary confinement for all methods of the prison system was a study in contrast. Both...More

Thank amgovern
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Cool place and interesting architecture. Halloween is a great time to go. Did the day tour and it was perfect. Eat at Jack's fIrehouse across the street. Great food!

Thank ruggian05
Reviewed yesterday

This tour satisfied the history buff, the architecture geek, and the true crime fan in our family. Well worth an afternoon, and very memorable.

Thank Wendy T
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place to visit for a most unusual sightseeing tour. An old prison still in good shape with an interesting history. Plus they have a small museum. They turn it into a Halloween attraction in October.

Thank StudHottie
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place sounded a little intimidating, but was actually fascinating from a number of different levels. Built in the early 1800s and no longer used as a prison since the 1970s it has important historical value. Among a great other number of things it houses...More

Thank shrink123
Reviewed 2 days ago

Our daughter chose the eastern state penitentiary for the site she wanted to see. So glad she did. The did an amazing job. The audio tour is a must. We especially appreciated the very well done exhibit discussing the current prison population and what crimes...More

Thank chocchip4
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a great and interesting place to see. One of the best bang for the buck. We were able to buy tickets line and save about half off the admission. My wife and I bought the self guided tour with head sets. There was...More

Thank cjsammut2018
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Let me start by saying that in the entire region of Southeastern PA, there is no better haunted attraction. If you read all the way to the end, you'll find out why I only give it 4 stars. I have been to Terror Behind the...More

Thank Chad D
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5 January 2018|
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Response from smalltowntravelerPa | Reviewed this property |
It is outside for some of it and also to see some of the exhibits. The indoor portion is not in a heated environment. It is a really neat place, though and worth the effort just dress warmly!!
5 January 2018|
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Response from T P | Reviewed this property |
Technically, you should consider it "outdoors" the whole time you are there. Doors (entrances to the cell blocks/bldg) are always open and the interior is not heated. It would be comparable to walking in an unfinished... More
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10 December 2017|
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Response from HappinessTravelLife | Reviewed this property |
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