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Alcatraz tickets and tours

Officially, nobody ever escaped from Alcatraz. Unofficially, many people believe that Frank Lee Morris – a lifetime criminal – achieved the impossible...

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2 Days
Tour with audio guide
Bus tours
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Alcatraz Island remains one of San Francisco's greatest landmarks - and now you can experience its chilling allure for yourself. Packaged wi...

Duration
7 hours, 30 minutes
Available in: English
£ 90
Day trips & excursions
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Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the rugged coastal mountains of Marin County. Experience the magnificent views of the San F...

Duration
7 hours, 30 minutes
Available in: English
£ 94
Cruises and boat tours

A comfortable bus tour and then cruise around the Bay for a close-up view of the infamous Alcatraz Island.You’ll be able to enjoy fantastic ...

Duration
3 hours, 30 minutes
Available in: English
£ 71
Day trips & excursions

How can a Muir Woods tour be better? Combine it with a Sonoma Wine Country tour and a trip to Alcatraz! Experience this perfect mixture of n...

Duration
2 days
Available in: English
Entrance Tickets
£ 188
Day trips & excursions

Day 1 - Alcatraz day tour and Aquarium:Take the ferry to Alcatraz and see amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz Is...

Duration
2 days
Available in: English
Entrance Tickets
£ 203
City tours

Your guide will meet you near the landing for Alcatraz ferries and give you two separate tickets. One is for your ferry to the island and al...

Duration
4 hours
Available in: English
£ 75

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The inside story

Officially, nobody ever escaped from Alcatraz. Unofficially, many people believe that Frank Lee Morris – a lifetime criminal – achieved the impossible in 1962 after two years as a prisoner at Alcatraz. His amazing story was made into the famous 1979 Clint Eastwood movie Escape from Alcatraz.

Morris had already escaped from a number of prisons when he arrived on The Rock in 1960. With a few other convicts, he began to collect materials to make tools that would be used to dig into the prison’s ventilation system. The group also fabricated rafts from raincoats, lifelike dummies, and even an electric drill from a vacuum cleaner motor.

On the day of the escape, Morris’s group emerged from a vent on the roof and climbed down a pipe. Nobody saw any of them again. Some say that the men drowned in the cold waters of San Francisco Bay, though no bodies were definitively identified. A ship did report seeing a corpse wearing prison-style clothing, but this emerged only months later and the FBI concluded that the escape attempt had failed.

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