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Eastern State Penitentiary

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Address: 2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
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+1 215-236-3300
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Amazingly interesting

We spent over two hours there and wanted to stay longer, but it was really cold. A must -see definitely

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent over two hours there and wanted to stay longer, but it was really cold. A must -see definitely

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you visit Philadelphia, you HAVE to visit this place. I spent time there yesterday and found it an unforgettable and fantastic experience - The best $14 dollars I will spend all holiday The place is so eerie, it leaves you feeling like you aren't alone when walking the long corridors. The voiceovers from Steve Buscemi are superb. I honestly... More 

Thank JonnySutts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been here twice, once for their Halloween thing and once for a tour. I recommend the tour during the day then a night one!!! So much history in this place and you can feel the walls looking at you!!!

Thank Amy H
Albuquerque, NM
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Old prisons don't garner the excitement of other tours; and ESP is a bit of a distance from the highlights of downtown Philly. But if you're on a history tour, this is a must stop. There are two ways to visit, one by audio tour voiced by Steve Buscemi, or a guided tour at specific times. We took the audio... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For the money you pay to enter, I would believe they would have had more sections open. The people who were in character were creepy and got a little too close for comfort. I realize this is their job but they could have used deodorant and breath mints.

Thank americaninfidel120
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Something to do for an afternoon. It's like a large castle in the middle of the city. Upon entering you are provided with headphones and an audio tour unit in which it's a self guided tour of the history and stories of the prison. You could probably spend a couple of hours here just walking around. Worth the visit. Don't... More 

Thank Nicholas M
Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a well-done exhibition of a time gone by when criminals were treated more like animals than human beings: Forbidden to speak to any one, kept in relative solitary confinement. The prisoners inside these walls were the worst of the worst criminals. Each person receives a headset to go from station to station, listening to narration and at times,... More 

Thank Pamgoes
Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The walk tour is very worth it - they have audio guides that were very detailed that will help you out learn the history of this place. It was a bit eery inside but given the past, it was well preserved

Thank Criszette
upstate new york
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place should be on everyone's GO TO list. It is so interesting (of course, I guess you have to like history to find it interesting). We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Penitentiary and were very glad we got off the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to see it. Al Capone's cell, the "yard" and other various places within the walls were... More 

Thank Joanne T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Definitely a "must do" while in Philadelphia, I think everyone in the country should experience this place. It is very interesting and makes you think about our penal system in general. The staff was very helpful and everything was run very efficiently. The process to get tickets (got ours online) was simple and parking was easy (public lot right next... More 

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