This tour was good. We went in late March, it is a cold, drafty old place and that only added to the mystique as we toured the prison cells and weapons. This tour takes you where most people do not go, and we saw weaponry in the attic, prison cells and stories. We did indeed skip most of the crowds and the line. It takes about 2 hours and our guide was knowledgeable. Be sure to cross the bridge of sighs and go see the dungeons when your tour ends.