Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Eastern State Penitentiary Tours
- 2124 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, PA
- Northwest edge of downtown. I-676/Vine St. Expressway to Benjamin Franklin Parkway exit, turn north onto 22nd St., pass the Museum of Art on the left and continue five blocks north to Fairmount Ave.
- Daily 10 am - 5 pm (last entry at 4) (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- Major Fun
Old, imposing prison has always been a choice destination for tourists and ghost-hunters. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [06/18/2009]
Eastern State Penitentiary: Some travelers seek out atmosphere by visiting Paris or Rome. We've always enjoyed the pungent terror ambiance that can be found in old, moss-grown American prisons. [03/14/2011] Complete Story...
Eastern State Penitentiary: A tour of a historic prison where the art of isolation was perfected. Watch Video.
Visitor Tips and News About Eastern State Penitentiary Tours
As I visited in December, I took one of their "winter adventure" tours. Such a creepy/interesting place, made even more so by the frigid temperatures! Definitely worth a look for the architecture and beautifully decaying cell blocks.
There's a little exhibit near the gift shop about past prisoners (including a dog!) and the prison's "isolation" techniques on inmates.
Very chilling -- pun intended.[Paige Mano, 08/20/2010]
The audio tour is very informative and doesn't limit your tour by forcing you to go in a specific order. We spent 3 hours just walking around and loved it! Awesome place to visit.[Joe Strollo, 08/02/2010]