In its original design, The Crum did not provide for an interior gallows, so executions took place in public view. By 1901, an execution chamber had been constructed within the walls, with cells where the condemned lived along with two guards. A total of 17 executions took place at The Crum, with the last one being in 1961.
Over the years, The Crum had a number of notable inmates, the most famous of whom was Bobby Sands of “The Troubles” fame. Despite The Crum being known as “Europe’s Alcatraz,” several successful escapes occurred, the first one in 1866.
The prison, which sits across the street from the now derelict Crumlin Road Courthouse, closed in 1996 and remained empty for several years. Following restoration efforts, it reopened in 2012 as a tourist attraction.