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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.
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  • Average4%
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“haunted house” (170 reviews)
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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

Fascinating ruins of the most famous prison ever having housed notorious criminals such as Al Capone. Entrance fee is very reasonable (you get a discount with a City Bus Tour Wrist Pass and the proceeds go towards the important preservation) and includes an audio tour...More

Thank Emma-Grace A
Reviewed yesterday

Highly recommend this! Especially if you have boys. Very interesting. There aren't many cities where you get to tour a prison, especially such a historical one.

Thank susanh23454
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wow! So much history about the penal system. To walk the halls where so many serious criminals were kept, breakthroughs in prisons, Al Capone cell, just the feel of the place was indescribable a must see event. Not expensive either

Thank tinymaze
Reviewed yesterday

This is one of the most underrated historical buildings in the U.S. I planned to stop Eastern State for a short visit to see this "most haunted" location and was quickly enveloped by its history and decaying beauty. While locations were spooky and did meet...More

Thank Trent B
Reviewed yesterday

I learned a lot about history and the penal system. The place is haunting and thought provoking. The audio tour is very good and, after following the path, you are free to wander around and find additional information by keying in the numbers you see...More

Thank rwcorne
Reviewed yesterday

The self audio tour is just right. You can choose how much time you want to spend in any one section or even the whole tour in general. It also provides you with many optional segments of information. There is so much to see and...More

Thank TwoT0Travel
Reviewed yesterday

We went along for the visit having booked ahead. Sadly it was a day of very heavy rain which did impact upon our chance to walk around the exterior of the prison. The building stands as a classic example of early prison policy, and in...More

Thank Stephen P
Reviewed yesterday

Yes it was a prison. However quite futuristic for it's time when originally built and the exhibits show how the original concept had to change drastically as time progressed. A wonderful mix of renovated and dilapidated.

Thank Simon D
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Took the family as a surprise to the ESP because I had read a lot about the attraction and I thought that one my kids would absolutely love it. It was worth the trip for sure. The Penitentiary was really a fun and very unique...More

Thank DMcGilli
Reviewed 2 days ago

We loved this tour. It was a fascinating look at early methods of incarceration. It sounds weird for a tour, but it was really cool.

Thank TexasLaura1958
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Response from Lulu S | Reviewed this property |
Hi Liza, When I parked at the zoo to board the shuttle, I waited no longer than 10 minutes. It depends when you arrive as they leave every 20 minutes. Great eateries included with purchase of tickets online too. Hope you... More
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Yes, great activity, any weather.
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Hi June, Above is the link when you visit the website.