Prisons all over the world that have once operated as real jails are now reopened to function as tourist attractions, museums, and hostels. Spooky tours are organized at night, and you can even choose to sleep there as well.
Here are some famous ‘prison’ destinations:
Alcatraz in San Francisco is one of the most famous prisons in the world as it has a reputation for being impossible to escape.
It is located on an island in the San Francisco Bay and is surrounded by dangerous currents. Since it’s one of the most popular locations in the area, you need to book a tour a few weeks upfront.
Ottawa Jail Hostel in Ottawa, Canada was first called The Carleton County Gaol –the first stand-alone jail that opened in 1862.
For 110 years it operated as a prison. In 1973 it reopened as a youth hostel.
Old Melbourne Gaol was built in 1841. This jail in downtown Melbourne kept the famous Australian bushranger Ned Kelly, who was also hanged there in 1880.
You can see his death mask and revolver on display, in addition to the haunted night tours and live performances.
Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin was first built in 1796. This prison’s history is full of some of Ireland’s most tragic and important events such as the execution of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising for Irish independence.
Éamon de Valera, the president of Ireland, was the last person to be released when the jail closed in 1924.
St. Augustine in Florida is an old jail from the 1800s and see the real living conditions for prisoners of the time.
There is some great review about it on TripAdvisor. One of the easiest ways to get there is by hiring a private van from LuxtransO.