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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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“audio tour” (870 reviews)
“haunted house” (167 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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Reviewed yesterday

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 2 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 2 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
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This former prison's tour was amazing. Expect to be there from 2 to 3 hours. They provided an audio tour that gave you inside information regarding the prison. See Al Capone's former prison (that did not look like a regular prison cell) although it appears...More

Thank SouthFloridaCoolmom
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I gave this 5 stars because it really is one of the better attractions in Philly. Prices are inline, and you can probably get a discount if you take a tour bus there. It's audio guided and very informative. Actor Steve Buscemi is the narrator....More

Thank TBDurham
Reviewed 3 days ago

. . . and a bit creepy. I've been through Eastern State Penitentiary twice. Each time it has made me wonder why its approach was abandoned. It's laid out cleverly, and the idea that inmates should spend considerable time alone "in reflection" seems sensible. (Contrast...More

Thank mrpaladin1234
Reviewed 3 days ago

This historical building/museum has a lot going for it. It is really an amazing physical space (so many photographic opportunities), it housed some unique historical characters, and it was operational for long enough to have variations in architecture and the like. I brought my 10...More

Thank jodimcjodi
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Saw the recommendation on trip advisor and was not disappointed. The history of this building proved to be eye opening. We enjoyed the self guided tour. From the extra places to visit, to the first hand accounts from actual prisoners made this a great stop....More

Thank shabuck
Reviewed 4 days ago

Every fall Eastern State Penitentiary puts on an amazing haunted house through the grounds of this infamous prison. If you like haunted houses, then this is a must do. For any other time of the year, Eastern State offers tours and events. However, I went...More

Thank Lisa G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We loved visiting the Eastern State Penitentiary and wished we had much more time to explore! From the superb audio tour to exploring on your own, it is a part of history you don't usually find. Alcatraz is the only other place that comes to...More

Thank Jonathan C
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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?
18 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)
15 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