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Blokhuispoort

Blokhuisplein 40, 8911 LJ Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
+31 6 11172362
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Bang on, not banged up.

Lunch for four of us - which was good so we went back for supper! Old prison, which at times felt... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
eeethatMrSmith
Amazing renovation and great atmosphere

The Blockhuispoort is the old city prison. After closing it took a while to define it's new goals... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2018
IRL-64
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good45%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“worth a visit” (2 reviews)
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Blokhuisplein 40, 8911 LJ Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lunch for four of us - which was good so we went back for supper! Old prison, which at times felt a little creepy, even on a bright summers day Food very good, well-executed and not fussily over-ambitious. Best octopus I've head outside Greece. Good...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

The Blockhuispoort is the old city prison. After closing it took a while to define it's new goals. But it has worked out better than I could have expected. The city library has moved there and it is a really great space to read, study...More

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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

I came here after reading reviews from other fellow TA mates, true enough it is a home to many previous prisoner especially during the WWII and recents year till before 2008 were for prisoner whom sentenced for 5yr or more. The Dutch are very creative...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Blokhuispoort is an previous prison and is already partly renovated. It contains a youth hostel, small businesses and a nice restaurant/bar. We visited the Blokhuispoort in the search of coffee and lunch. Part of the old buildings, which were still in renovation, is a youth...More

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Reviewed 21 August 2017

The fairy tale like appearance of the front facade is a bit misleading. Once you have entered through the main gate you feel like you are in a sinister prison. Perhaps logical as the prison only ceased to function at the end of 2007. Local...More

Thank Robert937
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

The Blokhuispoort used to be the so called "old prison" in Leeuwarden. After they closed it it slowly transferred to a location where startups gathered. Combine this with the rich history of the building and local cultural influences and you have a fair idea of...More

Thank Gerard_expat
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Reviewed 21 June 2017

This old jail is now being used by all sorts of artisans and professionals. The cells pose as offices, although they have managed to keep the original feeling of the place. The metal staircases and landings are still in place, and there are about 3...More

Thank Ydv74
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

The Blokhuispoort is a building complex which served until December 2007 as a house of correction in Leeuwarden. It now houses an arts centre where local artists can make and exhibit their wares, such as clothes, glass and paintings, etc. I visited as part of...More

Thank Kimhaz
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Blokhuispoort is an amzing building, it used to be the Leeuwarden jail and is now being renovated into a variety of creative, cultural start up types operations, and artisan shops. there is a hostel there which looks very interesting.

1  Thank RnA31
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

The day we went the artists were all moving out, carrying boxes to vans as a library was going to be installed. We could still walk through one of the old cell blocks and see some of the open cells, a very un-nerving sight. It...More

Thank KLsWanderlust
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