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J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour
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J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour

By Lantern Ghost Tours
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Ages 16-99, max of 25 per group
Duration: 2h
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • Local guide
  • Live commentary
  • Entry/Admission - Ararat
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Start:
  • Girdlestone Street, Girdlestone St, Ararat VIC 3377, Australia
    Please meet at JWard Old Gaol , Girdlestone Street Ararat Victoria
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6024P6

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 12 years
    • Children 12 and over must be accompanied by a supervising adult ticket holder
    • Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended
    • The 2-hour tour is mostly indoors with moderate walking and some steps
    • Tours take place in wet weather; in the case of extreme weather, the local tour operator will contact you directly to offer alternative options
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour?
    J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour price starts from AU$41.29. Discover and book J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour on Tripadvisor
    What is the J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour cancellation policy?
    J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour?
    J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour is hosted by Lantern Ghost Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Lantern Ghost Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour on Tripadvisor
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    On average, this experience will take approximately 2h. Discover and book J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6024P6

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    Itinerary
    • You'll start at
      Girdlestone Street
      Girdlestone St, Ararat VIC 3377, Australia
      Please meet at JWard Old Gaol , Girdlestone Street Ararat Victoria
      See address & details
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      J Ward Museum
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
      Visit Australia's home to the criminally insane, J Ward Lunatic Asylum. Explore the museum followed by a ghost tour of the home of notorious criminals including Chopper Read, Gary Webb and William Wallace. Explore the governor's bathroom, hangman's gallows, original kitchen, showerblock, grave sites, West Wing, J Ward Block, exercise yards and grounds in search of the souls that still linger. Learn of governors whose spirits are still lurking, prisoners buried in the grounds and the many souls trapped within these walls.
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    • You'll return to the starting point
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    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
    • craigz255
      craigz255
      0 contributions
      Don’t waste your money on this tour
      Not recommended,tour guide walked to fast,left group to find own way,history stories were to long and boring,This tour is just a money maker,don’t waste your money on this tour.
      Written 24 November 2023
    • Z2665VJfrancot
      Z2665VJfrancot
      0 contributions
      Good tour, shame about the "spoilers"
      Beautiful homestead, history and surrounding land. Great host, well guided. Shame for the group of disrespectful idiots that decided to "party" halfway through that ruined it for the rest of the group. If I knew this demographic were on the tour I would not have booked and was on verge of demanding my money back or move my booking to another session.
      Written 20 August 2023
    • eimaj174
      eimaj174
      0 contributions
      Very good!
      Jake was a very good guide. The sites were all very interesting. Not a super spooky ghost tour if that is what you're after, but the stories that were told were all told wonderfully. We unfortunately took our tour during Vivid which meant that the area was very crowded and sometimes it was hard to hear. Another family bought a lot of light up flashy sword with them that their kids waved around the whole tour as well which did kind of kill the vibe for our group but booking this tour during Vivid was our mistake so no points off the tour group for that one. I would recommend that items such as those are turned off or asked to be turned off out of respect for other tour goers though. Lots of walking through interesting alley ways in the rocks and overall an enjoyable experience on the tour groups part 😊 would definitely recommend.
      Written 17 June 2023
    • lisamN9668TT
      lisamN9668TT
      0 contributions
      Enjoyable walking tour for most age groups!
      My 79 year old Mum, 11 year old nephew and I did the Ghost Tour in The Rocks last Saturday night, and we all really enjoyed it! Jake our guide was excellent and explained every story really well, and answered any questions that the group asked him. We saw a fair bit of The Rocks and just for the history side of things alone, it was really interesting (not to mention the spooky stories which were great, too!) Luckily for us it was a clear night and no rain, and the views from up on Observatory Hill were spectacular! There's quite a bit of walking and some stairs involved, so wear comfy shoes and take water with you. My nephew was fascinated with some of the stories and is still talking about it. Great fun for anyone aged 10 or above, and Jake is an excellent guide.
      Written 3 April 2023
    • friday0206
      friday0206
      0 contributions
      Nice thing to do in the evening
      It’s an interesting perspective to Sydney history and night scene. Though, if you are looking for a really haunting and creepy experience, it’s not that.
      Written 18 January 2023
    • S80IAthomasf
      S80IAthomasf
      0 contributions
      Intriguing excitement
      I had a great time, my wife and I had a few experiences on the tour and looking back through the photos I took I spotted a few odd things that were interesting. The tour guide had amazing knowledge of the sites. I will be recommending this tour to my friends.
      Written 4 December 2022
    • 624taniaj
      624taniaj
      0 contributions
      Great time.
      We took our daughters age 9yrs and 13 on this ghost tour. It was so much fun, Jake was an awesome guide. Definitely recommend this fun, interesting tour of The Rocks.
      Written 24 September 2022
    • zozos647
      zozos647
      0 contributions
      There are talking all night so I have to go
      Bad walking all night in the street in the end I said I’m going toilet then I lost there no one call me back
      Written 6 August 2022
    • V8413CKmargareth
      V8413CKmargareth
      0 contributions
      Fun Night Out!
      We didn't really expect much, but boy was it fun! Jake is a great guide and we saw parts of the Rocks that we've never seen before and we are locals! This is a fun walking tour well worth doing.
      Written 18 July 2022
    • 934marnii
      934marnii
      0 contributions
      Highly recommend
      My daughter and I went on the Rocks Ghost tour tonight and it was great! Highly recommend! Our tour guide was friendly, informative and fun! Great way to see the Rocks and learn some history of the beautiful old cobblestone alley ways and streets, with a bit of an eerie edge.
      Written 13 May 2022
    • 1_E_m_i_l_y_0
      1_E_m_i_l_y_0
      0 contributions
      Very intriguing
      The tour was fun and informative. Whether you believe in ghosts or not it's a great tour to find out more about Melbourne. Tip: where comfortable walking shoes as there is a lot of walking.
      Written 11 April 2021
    • 1_E_m_i_l_y_0
      1_E_m_i_l_y_0
      0 contributions
      Great night out
      The food was delicious and the tour was fun and informative. Whether you believe in ghosts or not it's a great tour to find out more about the homestead and the area. Our guide was very passionate, knowledgeable and friendly. Tips: where comfortable walking shoes as there are some uneven surfaces and weather appropriate clothing, it can get quite cold in Eynesbury.
      Written 11 April 2021
    • Nora C
      Nora C
      0 contributions
      Very informative ghost tour
      Lauren was very clear and concise as she spoke and it was a pleasure to be on the tour. While I am not a believer in the paranormal, it was very interesting to hear about the history of the Rocks. Would highly recommend.
      Written 11 April 2021
    • arbanave
      arbanave
      0 contributions
      Fun night out accidentally learning at the same rime
      An interesting way exploring the past in our own backyard and learning about some of the history that is around the area
      Written 10 April 2021
    • Vicki L
      Vicki L
      0 contributions
      A great experience
      My boyfriend and I had a fun and scary time. The guides were excellent. We would thoroughly recommend.
      Written 10 April 2021

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    kim p
    Campbelltown, Australia43 contributions
    A great history lesson about the place and some people that were there, No scary stuff occurred while we were there but still it was a fun night
    Written 6 October 2023
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    Customer S
    Hello , thanks for your review on the JWard ghost tour , we are glad to hear you enjoyed the history and stories Happy Haunting!
    Written 22 November 2023
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    Clayton P
    1 contribution
    Sep. 2023 • Family
    It was definitely an experience for the whole family to enjoy. The 2 hours night tour was very well paced for time. Watching the short video of actual inmates truely bought the moment to life. One of my group was fortunate to feel a spirit in the kitchen area.
    Written 22 September 2023
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    Customer S
    Hi Clayton , thanks for your lovely review after attending the JWard ghost tour with lantern Tours. It's always a great night when you get some paranormal activity Hope to see you again soon Happy Haunting!
    Written 22 November 2023
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    Dee F
    Darwin, Australia6 contributions
    Aug. 2022 • Family
    Bought tickets, organised accommodation in Ararat, took time off work, drove from Melbourne, turned up early for tour, there was no one there. Tour had been cancelled and we weren’t informed. Really disappointed, rang on return to Melbourne, no one could help, no one would even refund my money!
    Written 15 July 2023
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    Customer S
    Hi Dee, oh that doesn't sound right at all. On the rare occasion we need to cancel a tour we are sure to not only email but personal phone all guests on our tours. Please may we ask you to phone our office and we will look into what happened. Detail are on all tickets
    Written 22 November 2023
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    Graeme S
    14 contributions
    Jun. 2023
    We had a great group of people and funny, informative and friendly guides.

    Very entertaining and informative night out.
    Written 12 June 2023
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    Bron M
    Launceston, Australia92 contributions
    Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend you do this tour as well as Aradale. The history behind J-Ward and the inmates is something we should all learn about. Respect the history for the time it was open.
    Written 18 April 2023
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    Kon D
    1 contribution
    Oct. 2022
    I loved learning about J Ward from a historical perspective. It's history and the role it has played in terms of housing the "criminally insane" is in itself both sad and compelling. I think that the preservation of the buildings, cells and surrounding structures is paramount to Ararat and it represents a key tourist attraction. I also felt that the building itself is both claustrophobic and disturbing, making the additional "ghost related" activities somewhat unnecessary. The use of diving rods and so on, was I felt a little gimicky and really didn't add to the experience at all. The hosts were fantastic, very knowledgeable and told the story beautifully. I also thought that the scariest person there was the lady who held the keys, didn't speak a word all night, just threw out the odd smile but didn't engage with anybody. Could this be the one and only true ghost at J Ward?
    Written 1 November 2022
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    Nooshie2014
    Melbourne, Australia17 contributions
    We enjoyed learning the very tragic history. Particularly the absurd treatment of the men who were sentenced.
    The girls who conducted the tour keep close to facts, and had all the tour intrigued with the incidents that have and still occur
    Written 9 October 2022
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    Debbie N
    Bannockburn, Australia62 contributions
    Just fascinating. The guides really know the history of J Ward, before when it was a jail and when it became an asylum. Very interesting and informative.
    Written 6 June 2022
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    Customer S
    Hi Debbie, thank you for your review. Wow the history at this venue is amazing , we just love it all. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the tour with us Happy Haunting!
    Written 4 July 2022
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    Dee-Rich2006
    1 contribution
    Feb. 2021
    Night tour its the best ghost tour ive been on yet and i ak coming back on the weekend Saturday night with my sister
    Written 9 May 2021
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    Customer S
    Hi Dee, thanks for your 5 start review on our JWard ghost tour, We will see you & your sister on the weekend Happy Haunting!
    Written 10 May 2021
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    MelbourneDebby
    Ballarat, Australia3 contributions
    Jan. 2021 • Family
    Experience was amazing, the whole family enjoyed the night. Lots of details of life behind the bars of J Ward. Stories of hauntings and terrible tales.
    Written 12 April 2021
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    Customer S
    Thanks for joining us on tour , so great to read your review. JWard is an amazing venue we are happy to hear your family enjoyed the tour Happy Haunting!
    Written 15 April 2021
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