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This old prison was converted to "artists heaven", where each cell is rented to a different artist... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Tel Aviv, Israel
Old prison in nice atmosphere

Old original prison with cellblocks. They are still original but open to see and in some blocks... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2018
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Blokhuisplein 40, 8911 LJ Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This old prison was converted to "artists heaven", where each cell is rented to a different artist of various disciplines, and they use them as working studios. While the building reminded me of my visit to Alcatraz in San Francisco, the art products in each...More

Thank ovedda
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

This was a great transformation from an (1800’s)old jail into shops, restaurant museum, hostel and library. You can get a tattoo, go for a massage, buy nice little gifts, read a book or two or take a break and have a nice lunch. Throughout the...More

Thank roses167
Reviewed 30 August 2018

Very interesting location - former prison housing a hostel (5 rooms with en suite bath) - didn't stay there but visited the common areas, nice restaurant/bar, library and artists can uses it for little money - the concept is interim use.

Thank Zafer Dolu Y
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Old original prison with cellblocks. They are still original but open to see and in some blocks are nice little shops. There is a big square with a terrace nd a lovely terrace on the waterside. In the heart of Leeuwarden, at easy reach.

Thank ankyd2015
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Old WW2 prison converted to a fully creative space for startups and not only. Nice shops, cool hostel, a lot of history.

Thank Nimsoc_Nairda
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Good example of the second live of an historic prison. Try to visit this place. Former guards give tours.

Thank Jan v
Reviewed 26 July 2018

This jail is worth a quick walk through. It’s clean and has interesting little shops inside the old converted jail cells.

Thank arlenemurals
Reviewed 24 July 2018

Nice restaurant especially when sitting outside on the canal side. Good selection menu and friendly service. My starter was not very exciting. The experience of having eating in a former prison is something special ......

Thank RonaldWouters
Reviewed 21 June 2018

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

Thank eeethatMrSmith
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

Thank IRL-64
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