Despite the fact it has been turned into a tourist attraction, a lot of the history remains. There are manikins and other stuff around, that stuff bored me, the real history is in the original floors and lockers where prisoners were smacked with the reality of where they were. The tunnel where they brought prisoners to the courthouse was extremely creepy. If I thought that was creepy, I was in for a huge shock after seeing the condemned man's cell. If you're planning the tour SPOILER ALERT, if not planning read on. The innocent looking cabinet in the cell was swung open by the tour guide. The prison kept the execution chamber a secret, turns out it is right next to the cell the whole time in a secret room. Sarah explained how it was in the best interest of all to make it quick, no need to torturer the man and no need to make the executioners do more work. Very surreal experience to see the place 17 men were hanged, the original beam was still there and the display rope, while never actually used, was property of the prison to be used if need be. SPOILER OVER. Then we saw the unmarked graves. Overall it was a very historical and eye-opening experience. Sarah,was very knowledgeable and I highly recommend this for anyone visiting Belfast.
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