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Adelaide Gaol

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Address: 18 Gaol Rd, Thebarton, West Torrens, South Australia 5031, Australia
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Experience what life was like behind bars for the prisoners who once called...

Experience what life was like behind bars for the prisoners who once called the Adelaide Gaol their home. Open for business from 1841 to 1988, the Gaol was one of Australia's longest continuously operational prison facilities. Over those gruelling 147 years, the Gaol housed some of the state's most notorious and dangerous criminals. Almost 300,000 prisoners whiled away some time at His (or Her) Majesty's pleasure, and 45 unfortunates were executed within its walls - including the only woman to be executed in South Australia. Step back in time and walk the hallways and cells of South Australia's first inmates. Experience what daily life in prison was really like. Wander along, lost in your own imagination and visit our interactive exhibition. If you're really lucky, you may catch a glimpse of one of our ghostly residents. Opening times: 9am - 5pm - 7 days a week Last entry for self-guided tours is at 4.00pm

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For a small entrance fee, wander round the Old Adelaide Goal. Lots of historic information and old photos. Experience life in goal in the last century. Some areas still being... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Mandurah, Australia
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You would need to be interested in the penal system and the conditions prisoners lived in to appreciate this place. We went there thinking it was ‘old’ as in it had not been used recently, but then found out the last prisoners were there in 1984. There is quite an emphasis on the fact that early prisoners were not transported... More 

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Mandurah, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For a small entrance fee, wander round the Old Adelaide Goal. Lots of historic information and old photos. Experience life in goal in the last century. Some areas still being restored but it is absolutely fascinating. A gift shop also on site. This is a brilliant attraction.

Thank Heddyjan
Monarto, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Excellent venue with loads of character. Goal cells and graves in wall were a bit unsettling. caterers did a great job, nice and central easy to get to

Thank frazzled_mumma
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

The old Adelaide Gaol had very few people visiting the day we attended. It's not a sophisticated 'tourist' place, as it shouldn't be. Just to walk through the cells and the grounds gave you a real idea of the deprivation and loneliness the inmates would have felt. And to think it was still in use in the 1980s! We needed... More 

Thank DianneManning
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

I've actually been here twice and one occasion I stayed the night (about ten years ago) and did the midnight tour whilst staying in the old hospital ward, original beds and all! I can't recommend going more, it's fascinating, time will stand still! Weather you're a tourist or a local, you will definitively enjoy exploring the Adelaide Gaol!

Thank estellef88
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I was amazed at how few people there were at the gaol this afternoon. This experience was certainly worth the entry fee and a lot more. A great insight into the conditions that the prisoners endured in the early part of the colonial Adelaide settlement and the influence many of the local pioneers had on them. A great educational experience... More 

Thank Grant H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

A fascinating place with lots of history. At night it is really mind blowing, especially if you do an Adelaide's Haunted Horizons Ghost Tour here.

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Manotick Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

A visit here is certainly worth it. It is very walk-able if you are in the city centre. The jail or gaol is almost the way it was when it was closed. A lot of it is not maintained so it has the creepy decrepit air. We went on a self guided tour which was very good. There are lots... More 

Thank JKH777
Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Great venue for a concert in open air between the gaol walls. Best in reasonable weather. Plenty of good parking, opportunity to visit the cells, and casual food and wine available to enjoy for an hour or two before the event. Good acoustics, and good venue for a variety of events

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Berri, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

If you're like us in that you enjoy visiting museums and landmarks of historical significance, then you''ll enjoy the old adelaide goal. It was intersting to wander through, reading of the history stories behind both the building as well as the inmates. Wish there were some public toilets other than the ones at the main entrance though. A vending machine... More 

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