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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was awesome to walk through! Take your time but would get there earlier in the day if you want to hit some of the guided tours since they book up. We spent 1 1/2 hours going through everything. We saved on the parking by...More

Thank bobastew
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great place to visit, know at the outset that there aren't restrooms, and there isn't air conditioning. It's as-is or as-was from its closing. And don't go near it during the Halloween season if you want to visit the Penitentiary itself. They...More

Thank Evan T
Reviewed 3 days ago

The first Penitentiary built in the US. Place started out small and grew till it reached max capacity. Visit Al Capone's cell. One cell block devoted to its Halloween thriller spectacular!

Thank Alice L
Reviewed 4 days ago

Fascinating ruins of the most famous prison ever having housed notorious criminals such as Al Capone. Entrance fee is very reasonable (you get a discount with a City Bus Tour Wrist Pass and the proceeds go towards the important preservation) and includes an audio tour...More

Thank Emma-Grace A
Reviewed 4 days ago

Highly recommend this! Especially if you have boys. Very interesting. There aren't many cities where you get to tour a prison, especially such a historical one.

Thank susanh23454
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Wow! So much history about the penal system. To walk the halls where so many serious criminals were kept, breakthroughs in prisons, Al Capone cell, just the feel of the place was indescribable a must see event. Not expensive either

Thank tinymaze
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is one of the most underrated historical buildings in the U.S. I planned to stop Eastern State for a short visit to see this "most haunted" location and was quickly enveloped by its history and decaying beauty. While locations were spooky and did meet...More

Thank Trent B
Reviewed 4 days ago

I learned a lot about history and the penal system. The place is haunting and thought provoking. The audio tour is very good and, after following the path, you are free to wander around and find additional information by keying in the numbers you see...More

Thank rwcorne
Reviewed 4 days ago

The self audio tour is just right. You can choose how much time you want to spend in any one section or even the whole tour in general. It also provides you with many optional segments of information. There is so much to see and...More

Thank TwoT0Travel
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went along for the visit having booked ahead. Sadly it was a day of very heavy rain which did impact upon our chance to walk around the exterior of the prison. The building stands as a classic example of early prison policy, and in...More

Thank Stephen P
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Response from Lulu S | Reviewed this property |
Hi Liza, When I parked at the zoo to board the shuttle, I waited no longer than 10 minutes. It depends when you arrive as they leave every 20 minutes. Great eateries included with purchase of tickets online too. Hope you... More
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Yes, great activity, any weather.
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Hi June, Above is the link when you visit the website.