We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Eastern State Penitentiary

2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
Website
Save
Book In Advance
More Info
US$32.00*
and up
Philadelphia 27-Stop Double Decker Tour Pass
More Info
US$32.00*
and up
City Sightseeing Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“audio tour” (998 reviews)
“al capone's cell” (292 reviews)
“haunted house” (177 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
CONTACT
Website
+1 215-236-3300
Write a ReviewReviews (5,198)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"audio tour"
in 998 reviews
"al capone's cell"
in 292 reviews
"haunted house"
in 177 reviews
"steve buscemi"
in 146 reviews
"cell blocks"
in 123 reviews
"own pace"
in 264 reviews
"solitary confinement"
in 89 reviews
"prison life"
in 84 reviews
"halloween season"
in 55 reviews
"operating room"
in 60 reviews
"porta potties"
in 68 reviews
"art installations"
in 63 reviews
"interesting place to visit"
in 48 reviews
"self guided"
in 120 reviews
"interesting history"
in 67 reviews
"two hours"
in 66 reviews
"across the street"
in 75 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 4,772 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

This is a well-managed and interesting location to visit. You will need to rent a player at the entrance and during the tour, each stops you will see a number on the board, so you enter the number in your player, you will get the...More

Thank Phoebe N
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 days ago

Had seen this prison on TV several times over the years and while in Philadelphia on a nice spring day decided to see it in person. There is a lot to learn in this very old structure. I hope they can continue to restore it....More

Thank recorder
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Took my nephews on this tour and they loved the experience. You are allowed to walk most of the grounds, with certain cells open to detailed exhibits. They give kids a scavenger hunt to complete in order to receive a prize in the end. Our...More

Thank jlynjack
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Was not sure what to expect before coming. Pleasantly surprised. Interesting facts about a unique piece of history. Worth a few hours to investigate.

Thank Hemo14
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was the highlight of my weekend in Philadelphia. I really enjoyed learning about the history of this facility. The audio guides were great and allowed us to tour at our own leisure. Most of the penitentiary is opened up for viewing. Highly recommend.

Thank born_t0_travel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I had been told by others that if I went to Philly I had to see Eastern State Penitentiary. My first thought was who would want to visit this place, but glad I took the advice. My family spent about an hour with the guided...More

Thank billhelmke
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I have been to quite a few historic prison's, it makes me sound morbid, but I'm not. I found the history interesting, but what I found most powerful and fascinating was the information related to modern punishment and incarceration.

Thank Catherine D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 days ago

My friend and I did the self tour with the headset and we both had a great experience. Make sure you join into a mini tour that they host throughout the day. We did the hospital tour which was awesome because that wing is not...More

Thank Samantha2279
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited on an unexpectedly windy and raw day and the chill in the stone building suggested some of the experience the prisoners might have felt. The audio tour was excellent - good mix of interesting anecdotes and criminology that was thought provoking without being...More

Thank CKBush13
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Was a cool place to see if u never saw this before. Take the audio self tour and you go at your own pace

Thank wolfbearbobcat
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 89 hotels in Philadelphia
Carlyle Hotel
1 review
1.04 km away
The Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton
1,425 reviews
1.28 km away
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
2,827 reviews
1.28 km away
Embassy Suites by Hilton Philadelphia - Center City
468 reviews
1.33 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Zorba's Tavern
149 reviews
.22 km away
Jack's Firehouse
410 reviews
.13 km away
La Calaca Feliz
92 reviews
.30 km away
The Belgian Cafe
111 reviews
.25 km away
Nearby Attractions
Philadelphia Museum of Art
6,207 reviews
.58 km away
The Barnes Foundation
4,559 reviews
.85 km away
Rodin Museum
1,222 reviews
.71 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Dipika T
30 March 2018|
AnswerShow all 12 answers
Response from Ben H | Reviewed this property |
Two hours is fine.
1
Vote
Lynne G
16 March 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Julianne H | Reviewed this property |
It would be possible, but difficult as this is an old jail under restoration. You could probably get the idea of the place, but walkways are uneven, cells have narrow doors and a step over to enter. I agree with the other... More
1
Vote
Lynne G
16 March 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from ZebraB | Reviewed this property |
Yes
0
Votes