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Review of Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary
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Philadelphia 3-Combo Tour: Hop-on Hop-off, Eastern State Penitentiary, and...
Ranked #3 of 433 things to do in Philadelphia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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MD, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fascinating Philly attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

Audio tour was really well done. Fascinating building with so many interesting stories. Our group had ranged from age 7 to adult, and everyone loved this place - disturbing, intriguing, We spent about an hour and a half here but could have allocated another hour or so to really see it in-depth.

Visited April 2012
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springfield, pa
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“different”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

very good place for Halloween (but we visited in January). Well laid out tour...do the guided tour if you have the time.

Visited January 2012
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Berlin, Maryland
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“better that i thought”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

you should just go...interesting historically. and just about any other way. hard to believe the state of prisons at the time. it's an outside type of experience (not heated or cooled). but you should just go. a pleasant surprise.

Visited March 2012
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Gorham, New Hampshire
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“I love this place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

How cool...a huge prison in the middle of a big city. Every year they are able to open new areas to explore. You are given a headset with a self guided tour but you are also able to roam freely in all of the open to the public areas. We were once here during a thunderstorm and what an experience that was! I really enjoy visiting this place.

Visited April 2012
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phila. pa. u.s.a.
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“Best haunted house I've seen yet.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

I had the best of times at the Haunted house that's set up here during Halloween. The place already has so many ghost stories attached, and it shows. Check it out

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