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Eastern State Penitentiary: Tours & Tickets

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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...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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2124 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130-2603
+1 215-236-3300
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Reviewed yesterday

A great experience for the wife and I to visit.I can't imagine being locked up in a creepy joint like this!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank wayoutwilly
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Eastern State was well worth the time we spent there. It was raining the day we visited and I think that added to the experience. You really got an idea of how dark the cells could get when there wasn’t any sunlight coming through the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank andijonestn
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was so intrigued by this entire tour. Loved that you were able to go at your own pace, we weren't rushed at all & we learned so much about this part of history that was both shocking and enlightening.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Judy E
Reviewed 2 days ago

Not sure what the hype about this place was but I did not get it. Not much to see. Excited to see Al Capone cell but they are not ever sure its his. Place was not restored it is just a rotting, destoryed place with...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank lightweight136
Reviewed 2 days ago

We only did the audio tour, but it was enough. When you see and hear how we treated the prisoners here you can't but question the philosophies behind incarceration. It created fabulous conversation between us and our friends on what kind of crime deserved this...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank ChasD999
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This place is pretty sweet. An easy to navigate audio tour that you can take at your own pace. When you’re finished with that, there are additional places to explore, with audio recordings for some of these extra areas. Historically accurate, but also distressing and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank holderaa
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We come down every year for Terror Behind the Walls. The setting is incredible and the monsters really enjoy trying to scare everyone. The sets and animatronics are well thought out and are of high quality. We love it and will be back next year!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank toddk_LI
Reviewed 4 days ago

I visited Eastern State Penitentiary on my recent visit to Philadelphia. It is a fascinating place that is full of history. It also has a pretty good creepy factor since it is partially in ruins. The prison functioned from the 1830s until around 1970. Cell...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank TravelerCentralFLA
Reviewed 5 days ago

Overall the "Terror Behind the Walls" experience was fun and entertaining. Just standing in line and watching people react to the actors and staff, scaring them was a hoot. The penitentiary is a great experience, and was fun to be in. While I didn't find...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank H1456YFnicholasm
Reviewed 1 week ago

very scary, this place is for real,you can feel in your skin, this is a must stop place for people who are visiting phila.

Date of experience: October 2019
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15 September 2019|
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Response from SSchiffino | Reviewed this property |
Yes!!! At the entrance before you start the inside tour
3 September 2019|
Response from SSchiffino | Reviewed this property |
Not sure!
25 August 2019|
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Response from CJseason | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so, but the staff may offer to help hide your stuff until you're done