- 412 Ratings
Ohio State Reformatory Self-Guided Tour in Mansfield
Explore the Ohio State Reformatory on your own with a self-guided adventure. Learn about the facility's past as you wander through its impressive architecture that takes you back in time.
What You Will Do
- Set off on a self-guided tour to make your way through the Ohio State Reformatory
- Gain a better understanding of the prison's history as you weave in and out of its halls and rooms
- Marvel at the unique architecture, which dates back almost two-hundred years
- Go at a pace that works best for you without having to worry about keeping up with a group
- Self-guided tour
- 412 Ratings
Everyone one was really nice and the prison was amazing!
We enjoyed the self guided tour that we could take at our own pace. It was very cool and creepy!
We loved being able to roam around the prison and using the hand held speaker and plaques to listen to a little bit of history as we walked! Looking forward to going back for maybe an overnight tour!
It was a great tour! I would liked to have known more about the inmates that stayed there though! But so interesting to walk through this wonderful building
I am extremely satisfied with our visit to the Ohio State Reformatory. The sound devices were a great idea!
Very interesting and enjoyable guided tour. Zoe and Natalie both did a great job.
The place was amazing! I’ll definitely be back
The entire experience was absolutely incredible! From the staff, to the tour itself, and the hand held was awesome! I will definitely be coming back to tour again!
it was very good experience for us. Thank you!
I absolutely love OSR!! I plan on coming back time and time again!
We visited OSR before and in 5 years, it is obvious there was a great effort put into a restoration since than. In the building, half-way through self-guided tour, we met this amazing volunteer named Lauren, and she took us around and gave us a tour. She was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and funny. We were very lucky to have her there.
I have always wanted to visit; other then the vertigo from being so high up following a small panic attack I had a great time!
This was single handedly the most interesting self tour I've ever taken. The architecture it also outstanding. Would go back again!
Shawshank redemption one of my favourite films of all time. Ohio state prison an iconic building full of character . Stunning to look at full of history. You can feel it all as you walk round. I travelled a long way to see it and it did not disappoint. Can't wait to return.
Like the tour. Would have enjoyed it more if I would have known to wear warm boots. Would like to see large pictures of each room one what it use to look like. Would also find it interesting to hear more stories of the prisoners. A guided tour from a person that knew the daily routine and the stories of the prison would have also been interesting.
We really enjoyed the tour. Even with the self-guided tour we learned a lot, since everything had great written explanations. It was really nice to see the setting for the Shawshank Redemption scenes. It was cold on the day we visited, so it was also somewhat cold inside, too. Wish I had dressed in warmer clothing. I would love to return and take one of the guided tours to learn even more.
Very interesting great architecture great tour
This was a birthday gift for my husband. Shawshank is one of his top 5 movies of all time. He and our two children really enjoyed being able to feel the movie in a different way.
Very pleased with the staff and all the awesome work that has been done thus far was there in 2006 also lots of great work has been done.
The tour was a very fun and interesting experience. My only issue is that I wish we were allowed to move about the building and grounds a bit more freely, as opposed to following a defined tour path (with the understanding, obviously, that some sections of the building will invariably be off-limits due to safety concerns and so on). In particular, the portion of the tour that heads through the upper levels of the cell block was difficult for me, as I have issues with confined spaces and the like. Other than that, it was a great experience and I look forward to taking a guided tour one of these days!
We had a great time!
This is my third visit to the reformatory. I would've said completely satisfied but it was very up in the air as to if there would be guided tors or not we were basing our trip on being able to have a guided tour. When we got there we found out we would have to wait an hour before we could take a guided tour. It would be nice if this information was stated on the website.
This tour was very enlightening. I visited Alcatraz years ago but I enjoyed the OSR tour more. I thought the OSR tour was the better of the two. I got the recorder which was a help as it provided more information than the signs alone.
It was so interesting! Lots of history! Kids enjoyed it, too.
I loved the overall atmosphere of the reformatory. The history and structure of the building is awesome! The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because I would love to see more areas of the building open for self guided tours.
We feel the self guided tour allows more time at a specific locale when the visitor's interest is piqued. It also permits a visitor the latitude to bypass/alter the route in the event too many other visitors are congregating at one point. Our one suggestion is to increase the volume of the hand held information devices as some areas of the prison can be quite noisy due to wind/weather conditions. Thank you.
I would do it again. Very interesting. Love the audio wands!!