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Ohio State Reformatory

100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield, OH 44905-1208
+1 419-522-2644
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I grew up in this town, and I must say this new attraction is what kept me out of troulbe, it is a must see.

When you grow up in the shadows, one of the nation oldest reformatory, you get the understanding... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
William S
Mansfield, Ohio
Super cool

We took a guided tour, which I would highly recommend. You are able to self-guide tour the building... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Plain City, Ohio
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Built in 1886 for young offenders, this castle-like prison is now listed on the national register of historic places and offers guided tours.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“self guided tour” (141 reviews)
“ghost hunt” (27 reviews)
100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield, OH 44905-1208
+1 419-522-2644

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you grow up in the shadows, one of the nation oldest reformatory, you get the understanding why it is so important to the history of this nation. my father worked just up the street from this famous prison. It is such a interesting place...More

1  Thank William S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a guided tour, which I would highly recommend. You are able to self-guide tour the building until your actual tour starts, which is really fun to go at your own pace. The guided part was really informative & interesting. I took a lot...More

1  Thank JStarkey2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was with 5 family members on a ghost hunt at the reformatory in August. The building is very impressive! As you turn the corner on the road, the reformatory looms in front of you as if straight out of a horror movie. The staff...More

Thank Michelle E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the Ohio Reformatory in Mansfield a few weeks ago and found it to be very interesting. The only problem is there are steps thru out and I could only see the first floor because I am handicapped and on a scooter. Also couldn't enter...More

Thank Gerri P
Reviewed 11 September 2017

It’s a very interesting place for adults to visit, unique from your average tourist attractions. The lead-based paint makes it not suitable for little kids though. I like the look of peeling paint on walls, metal bars and prison cells. Some of the rooms are...More

Thank maymay w
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

We went on the ghost walk as part of a family weekend getaway. The ghost walk was for a teenager with an interest in the paranormal, but the adults enjoyed it as well (although it really is a creepy place). I was expecting it to...More

1  Thank SusanSPgh
Reviewed 6 September 2017

As you walk up to the imposing castle-like building it is difficult to imagine the horrors you will find inside. We took the behinds-the-scene tour which was very interesting. We went to areas not seen on other tours, while also seeing the usual cell blocks,...More

Thank giddie2
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Medieval architecture from outside, very interesting. but inside massive paint peeling on walls & metal cells. Wonder if floor in cell area will collapse due to rust. Building looks like it is falling apart inside. Much history in bldg, used as a prison for almost...More

Thank John36532
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Husband and I loved this. Being big fans of Shawshank The self guided tour was amazing.We could explore on our own pase.Love the history Would definitely do again

Thank Jozette S
Reviewed 3 September 2017

you are in awe as you pull up because it looks like a castle..we did the self guided tour with audio handsets to listen to at certain places of interest. it was really amazing

Thank Tim H
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Jennifer W
14 July 2017|
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Response from de88peach | Reviewed this property |
There is no air conditioning on the tour. I would not suggest touring on a hot day. We toured in the spring and it was very comfortable.
5 May 2017|
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Response from R, Roger M | Reviewed this property |
It is not a good place for a pet and I would not expect it to be allowed.
Mary Ann C
8 September 2016|
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Response from Mot S | Reviewed this property |
They can deny you entry even from the parking lot whenever they want without notice ! If you plan to visit you better call the same day to make sure your allowed to enter the property at all !