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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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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a good time looking at everything. The audio tour is very informative. We got the Philadelphia Pass which makes the tour free.

Thank William M
Reviewed 2 days ago

Had a great visit here it's so interesting so much to see, gives a great snapshot into life for the prisoners and guards throughout the years. The staff were very friendly and really helpful they made the visit even better. Overall great experience would definitely...More

Thank Laura R
Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoyed our self-guided tour of the Penitentiary. Well done and narrated by Steve Buscemi(sp?) It reminded me of my tours of Alcatraz.

Thank mkushlan
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a friend who took us on a tour here. You almost can feel the misery that the prisoners must have felt. I haven't been been to a modern prison, but this facility must have been horrible in comparison. One touching aspect was the...More

Thank BetsyGettysburg
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very interesting place. Did the self guided audio tour and did some extra exploring. It was almost 100 degrees that day so it was hot, but they sell water before you head in. There is also a little air conditioned room you can rest for...More

Thank Tandy5913
Reviewed 3 days ago

Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) was amazing to my surprise!!! My family and I were in the area to celebrate a birthday and did not know what to do for Sunday while we were in the area. While flipping through a brochure we received at the...More

Thank Fee C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

my 14 yr old son said this was way better than the Alcatraz tour and I agreed. The rangers were very helpful and the displays and self guided tour was perfect

Thank Janice R
Reviewed 4 days ago

It is worth the money and the time if you have a couple of days in Philadelphia. Great history and great perspective on America's incarceration fascination. See Al Capone's cell and find out why a dog got a life sentence. The best penitentiary to visit...More

Thank DaytonDUI
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I enjoyed my time at the Eastern State Penitentiary so very much. So moving, informational, and stoic. From the deteriorating cells to the new art installations, it makes you reflect on yourself and have empathy for others. You get an audio tape when you arrive...More

Thank Kelsey D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Mom & Dad always said I needed to go to Eastern State (not to visit, but stay..Lol). We thoroughly enjoyed our visit even though it was hot during our visit. To see how they used the a Pennsylvania Method of lock-up (solitaire confinement) successfully and...More

Thank GTZW
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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.