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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 yesterday

This was something our son really wanted to see, which is why we came. My wife and I weren't all that interested but we're really glad we went. The penitentiary has an extremely interesting history and was the first pen built in the US. It...More

Thank Anthony R
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband and I spent two hours walking around and could have stayed longer. This site was so well done! The first half is a self guided audio tour that describes what you are seeing. After the self guided part you are free to explore...More

Thank Meredith M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A great place to visit is you have a couple of hours free. $16 enterance fee is worth it and includes a headset that guides you around the prison. The staff are knowledgable and helpful. Great day out

Thank Ianflannery
Reviewed 2 days ago

Eastern State Penitentiary is a standard on tours of Philadelphia, and with good reason. Its an enormous, sprawling facility that offers visitors a look at a historic prison that is not renovated or restored but holding a status as a "sustained ruin" which brings with...More

Thank SkipJAtlanta
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The included narrated tour was very informative. It's not ideal for small children or the elderly as it is not climate controlled and involves uneven surfaces, stairs, & lots of walking. That said, my mom, who has a hard time walking and is on oxygen,...More

Thank Kelly N N
Reviewed 2 days ago

Interesting site. Enjoyed touring with my older sons. Younger kids might be a bit bored. The self guided mp3 provided was a great plus. The real story here is the mass incarceration that has the US (5%of the world) holding 25% of the prisoners. There...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were with a large group--50 people.. and got a private after hours tour.. super cool place to visit at night!

Thank broketraveler
Reviewed 3 days ago

I found it more informative and better than Alcatraz. So many things to listen to on the audio tour and just really fascinating. I was like that it is rundown makes it feel more spooky and sinister.

Thank Bruce P
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I wasn't excited about going but my husband studied ESP in college so it was on his list. It was very interested and eerily beautiful.

Thank Rene' S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Experience includes a lot of walking (and there is no climate control so would need to dress accordingly). Some stairs but I believe most is accessible if you have mobility issues (check website or call). Admission includes headphones for self guided tour around the property....More

Thank Goaldigger
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Nicole A
Is this a good indoor activity? Looking for something to occupy us as well as keep us dry tomorrow, as it's supposed to rain. Is it open regardless of weather?
19 June 2017|
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Response from ShimonNst | Reviewed this property |
Yes most of it is indoors, some places you red to go from 1 building to next but not to far, should stay dry
June E
Is there parking ?
31 May 2017|
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Response from mtucker83 | Reviewed this property |
Nope, we took ubers everywhere. Park at your hotel garage.
Is it ok to take photos everywhere in here? and is there a better time of year to go (crowds and weather wise)
16 May 2017|
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Response from travelbob1 | Reviewed this property |
Pictures are OK everywhere. We went in April and found the weather cloudy and chance of some rain, no crowds, plenty of time to do self-tour, good amount of info throughout the penitentiary. No bathrooms on site, just a... More