Historic Kingston Penitentiary opens its doors to the public

KINGSTON, Ont. – Historic Kingston Penitentiary has thrown open its doors to the general public for the first time in ages.

About two dozen people entered its imposing confines — the first tour group allowed inside since the last prisoners were moved out last week.

They said they were curious to get a peek inside the penitentiary— once home to some of Canada’s worst criminals.

They said it was fascinating, and some said it gave them an inkling of what a life behind bars must feel like.

A former warden of the infamous prison led the first tour.

The prison will be open for the fundraising tours for the next three weeks — but eager visitors have already snapped up all the tickets.

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