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Eastern State Penitentiary

2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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  • Average4%
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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 via mobile

We ended up spending nearly 3 hours here. The self guided tour itself along with various exhibits was really interesting and almost perfectly laid out and organised. It seems the people who have preserved the Penitentiary have done so as a labour of love and...More

Thank BillyBloo
Reviewed yesterday

This is a historic site with multiple floors and corridors inside and outside of the penitentiary. I have been here before, but I could not appreciate the history and features without a guided tour. The tours only happen during select times in the afternoon, but...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed yesterday

I live near this prison and you really have to go for halloween. Book your tickets during the week while they are cheap and go just after dark. Make sure you opt to give them permission to touch you! Makes it so much scarier. First...More

Thank renee3210
Reviewed yesterday

I had done the haunted house before but had never taken the historical tour during the day. I was really impressed with the wealth of knowledge of the guide as well as the interesting tidbits that played into the haunted house at night. Everyone here...More

Thank SleepingInn321
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We've been to the scary part during Halloween season and decided to check out the real history of the penitentiary. What exciting facts we found! Definitely a worthy tour, we spent a few hours there and learned so much about this esteemed prison.

Thank Sierra A
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited the ESP with relatives, was not enthused at all. I was quite surprised by how interesting it was in many aspects. The History was great, quite enlightening. The architecture was amazing. From a photographer's view point there were many opportunities for great pics! We...More

Thank TessNarvon
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I love this place! The history itself is very dark. Because of the design, many inmates went insane. It's an example of how NOT to build a prison. They have ghost hunting events there now, and an amazing haunted house every Halloween. The entire prison...More

Thank Muffinlady01
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place is a must visit in Philly. I live here, and love this place. It is very interesting to see the how's and why's of early prison life. Definitely check it out.

Thank john u
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Brought my two nephews here, ages 13 and 9. They aren't typically fans our museums or tourist attractions but they LOVED this. We did the audio tour and it was just fantastic and so informative. I would highly recommend as it's something different and fun.

Thank Elizabeth L
Reviewed 2 days ago

The jail was very interesting. It was self guided and came with your own headset. Some of the stories and quite unusual. The Al Capone cell was a trip. It looked like a studio apartment. Shows you what money can do.

Thank ThaiTom13
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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
Natalie O
Hi all, my husband and I are planning a trip to Philadelphia and we'd like to visit the Penitentiary. The only thing is that we'll have our 1.5 year old daughter with us. I know the site says it's not suitable for children under 7, so we're unsure if it's worth going. Has anyone been here with toddlers? We'd keep her in her stroller...
9 May 2017|
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Response from Libby P | Reviewed this property |
The more difficult part of planning an excursion to the Penitentiary is the fact that it has a flight of stairs going down in order to purchase your tickets and another flight going up to start your tour. Most, if not all... More
How close is it to Independence Hall? .
29 April 2017|
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Response from wizlucy | Reviewed this property |
city pass in awesome way to see city I agree. used it in Boston and New Orleans and was worth the money. Independence hall is near liberty bell, constitution center, and Jewish museum. eastern state is more art museum area... More