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Tour the Prison Where ”’The Shawshank Redemption” Was Filmed

Constantly topping the list of people’s favourite movies ever, now super-fans of ”The Shawshank Redemption” can tour the prison drama’s filming locations in northern Ohio.

Set in and around the town of Mansfield, located close to Cleveland, the guided excursion, which debuted last month, takes passengers to 10 spots that appeared in the movie before ending in a tour of the Ohio State Reformatory, the former Romanesque-style prison that played the fictional Maine prison in the film.

The bus tours are available on Saturdays and Sundays into early September; tickets are $99/87e per person for the 4.5-hour experience (no kids under age 13 allowed). 

A less expensive option is the “Hollywood Meets History” guided tour of the site, exploring the spaces the filmmakers used for the room where Tim Robbins’s Andy Dufresne conducted his money-laundering operation, the warden’s office, the hostel bedroom where one of the film’s most devastating scenes involving Brooks (James Whitmore), Shawshank’s oldest inmate was filmed and the prisoners’ yard.

You’ll also see lots of cells (keep an eye out for escape tunnels) and learn about the place’s real-life history, starting with its 1896 opening as an institution dedicated to rehabilitating the incarcerated and ending with its court-ordered closure in 1990 due to inhumane conditions. 

Go to ShawshankTrail.com to follow the driving route. 

For more information on tours, special events, and ghost-hunting evenings at the Ohio State Reformatory or to purchase tickets, go to MRPS.org

Emer Roche
Emer Roche
Emer has over 10 years experience working for Irish magazines, supplements, websites and creative agencies. She’s written features for U Magazine, Image Magazine and theheyday.ie, across a range of subjects such as women’s interest, travel, culture, news and interviews. She also has a portfolio of commercial writing for creative agencies, such as RTE.ie and Originate Creative. Emer is a Dublin native with part of her heart in Ardmore, County Waterford. She lives in Dublin 7 with her husband, two kids, dog and cat.


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