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No, it’s not an escape room. In an escape room, you typically have 1 hour in 1 room to complete a mission as a team. Prison Island Belfast has 25 challenge cells, mixing physical, mental and tactical skills. You move freely in the prison and choose as a team the cells you wish to attempt, you are never locked in a room.
With your team, your objective is to obtain the highest score possible within your paid game time. If you are part of a larger group, you can compare the scores between you and award prizes if you wish. Otherwise you can compare your score vs others on the Leaderboard. Each team receives a printout of their score at the end.
No – Prison Island is for everyone. As there are various skills (physical, tactical, technical), each member of a team will participate according to their desires and abilities. The idea is to work together as a team and decide together on the best way to complete the challenges. If some challenges are too physical for you, you may decide not to do them.
Prison Island Belfast can cater for up to 80 people at a time. You will be split into smaller teams of up to 4 players.
Due to the nature of the rooms and challenges 4 is the maximum we can take in a team for the best experience. For bigger groups we will split you into 2 teams, adding an incredible element of competition.
We currently have 25 different cells, each with a unique and exciting challenges. When you book with us you will have access to all of our cells until your paid game time ends.
Outside every cell the number of points available and a brief description of the skills required to pass the challenge is clearly displayed.
A Blue flashing light in the cell will indicate you have passed. A Red flashing light indicates you have failed however you can always try again.
You can play each game as many times as you like within your booking time. Take on the same game multiple times to try and beat a previous score.
The minimum time slot is one hour, but we recommend 90 minutes for the perfect Prison Island experience.
It will take between 2-5 minutes depending on the cell. You a free to retry the same challenge as many times as you wish in order to achieve your highest score. The games in the cells are great fun and we know you will play many more than once!
If a cell is in use you will see a red notification light outside. Once the cell is available again the light will turn green allowing you to enter. There are always cells available to play
No, although we recommend a minimum age of 9 for teams that will play without an adult. For Family teams you can of course bring younger children who you can provide assistance to.
- Almost anyone can enjoy our challenge cells
- Languages: All of the challenge instructions & clues are in English.
- Wheelchair users and people with reduced mobility: Many of the challenges are not suitable because they involve moving quickly, climbing, crawling and operating in restricted spaces. Our reception, toilets and café are of course fully accessible.
- Pregnancy: Our challenges range in type, and whilst some are not suitable for those who are pregnant we feel that there is more than enough for a pregnant person to participate in.
- Visually Impaired: A number of the challenges are purely visual. Other team members should have good eyesight to assist.
- Claustrophobia: Cells named The Prison and Devils Island may not be suitable for you.
- Vertigo: The Cell Tilt may not be suitable for you.
Please call us if you have any specific questions.
Yes, whilst it is likely that there will be other teams playing, each team will be in their own cell and you will only see other teams as you cross in the corridors or waiting area.
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. High heels & flip flops are not allowed and we recommended toes are covered. We have lockers for bags / valuables which are free to use.
The Boucher Road area may be busy depending on the day / time you book so please allow extra journey time. We recommend you arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled start time to register your team name and store your belongings. We suggest you think about your team name in advance.
Yes, we have a selection of hot & cold drinks with delicious traybakes and snacks to enjoy whilst you chat about what a great team you are!