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Minister Mallon takes a step back in time at Crumlin Road Gaol


Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has enjoyed a tour of the historic Crumlin Road Gaol Visitor Attraction and Conference Centre, Northern Ireland’s only remaining Victorian era prison, with its Managing Director Phelim Devlin. The Gaol reopened to visitors last month and now includes a range of new exhibits and technology to enhance the visitor experience.

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has visited the five-star tourist attraction at Crumlin Road Gaol Visitor Attraction and Conference Centre which reopened to visitors last month.


The Minister was given a tour of the historic Gaol, Northern Ireland’s only remaining Victorian era prison, by Managing Director Phelim Devlin.





Speaking afterwards the Minister said:


I am delighted to be here to experience at first-hand the fascinating insight into more than 150 years of history and see it brought to life with the latest technology, amazing figures, furnished cells, films, sound effects and exhibitions. I also had the opportunity to hear of future plans to enhance the visitor experience further.


“Crumlin Road Gaol has experienced a protracted period of closure due to Covid pandemic restrictions but it is pleasing and reassuring to see the measures which have been put in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable return for visitors.


“I would encourage everyone to visit the Gaol for a tour of this historic building and with all the new exhibits now on offer I can highly recommend a return visit to those of you who, like me, have visited in the past. The experience is both captivating and educational with something for all ages to enjoy.”





Managing Director of the Gaol, Phelim Devlin commented:


“We were delighted to have the Minister visit the facility. During lockdown we took the opportunity to improve the historic tour and to introduce a more hands on visitor experience. We are thrilled to have been able to re-open our doors again and welcome visitors to the site.”


Since opening in late 2012 the Crumlin Road Gaol Visitor Attraction and Conference Centre – one of Northern Ireland’s leading attractions has welcomed over 1.2 million International and national visitors to the site.


The Grade A Listed Gaol, designed by the renowned architect Sir Charles Lanyon was constructed between 1843 and 1845. It operated as a prison from 1846 to 1996 when it closed.

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