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Maitland Gaol

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Address: 6-18 John St, East Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales 2323, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 4936 6482
10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A key anchor attraction of the Hunter, Maitland Gaol has a vibrant history...

A key anchor attraction of the Hunter, Maitland Gaol has a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years. After housing some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals, Maitland Gaol closed as a Correctional Institution in 1998. Unlock the gates today, with visitors invited to 'serve time' learning about the facility, past prisoners and daring escapes. Open 7 days, Maitland Gaol offers visitors the opportunity to indulge in a world class self guided audio tour. Additionally, themed guided day tours and torchlight tours by night are regularly available and are a great way to interpret this unique attraction. If you have any questions about Maitland Gaol, please contact our Customer Service team or send us an email and we will be happy to get back to you as soon as possible with the information you require. We look forward to welcoming you to Maitland Gaol soon.

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Must see Maitland attraction. Very well run, and very clean. AAA+++

What a great experience. So much history here. We loved the self guided tour, and will be traveling back to Maitland to do the torch light tour. Be sure to allow a full 2... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Patrick R
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a great experience. So much history here. We loved the self guided tour, and will be traveling back to Maitland to do the torch light tour. Be sure to allow a full 2 hours to complete the self guided tour, this way you are not rushed, and it will allow you to take photos and take in the surroundings... More 

Thank Patrick R
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

History comes alive when you can be transported to the place and times it happened. The stories of convicts, their crimes, their treatment (sometime cruel and unusual), their escapes and executions, and ultimately the end of an era provide a riveting tale!

Thank Salim J
Maitland, Australia
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Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

We've been to the gaol on several occasions and it is a very sobering experience. The self guided tour was good and easy to use. A couple more language options would be useful. Need at least an hour and a half to comfortably get around. I recommend it.

Thank plcook93
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I first visited Maitland Gaol within a few months of its decommissioning and opening to the public. At the time I felt as if the residents had just stepped out for a couple of hours, leaving me free to wander around in their absence. There were still mattresses, pillows, magazines/photos - various odds and ends left behind when the gaol... More 

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Laidley, Australia
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Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

We did a self guided tour of the jail. ipod and head phones were easy to use. very insightful still seems real. numbers can be confusing for tour. but its definitely enjoyable. great recorded knowledge. staff were friendly. well priced

Thank kmill385
Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

My son and I had the most wonderful tour of the Maitland Gaol. The gentleman that was our guide gave us a wonderful insight of what life was like being in this institution (by all accounts he had spent some time in the Maitland Gaol as an inmate). We had the best couple of hours going back in history. A... More 

Thank marrina60
Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Had a fantastic couple of days visiting this attraction for Bitter and Twisted beer festival. A Great location and set-up.

Thank RogueAmbassador
Surfers Paradise, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We took the self guided audio tour of this historic goal which has a history spanning 150 years. As the goal was still in use less than 20 years ago, the buildings are in good condition. Personal accounts by former guards and inmates are a bonus. That's where the positives end. The buildings are poorly labelled and it is very... More 

Thank joopie54
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Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Audio tour was an excellent way to learn about the history of Maitland Gaol. Such an excellent piece of history that is well maintained. Lovely to see different events hosted here to make use of the structure.

Thank Georga707
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We joined a regular guided tour at 11am on Saturday. We had our 13 and 19 year old sons with us and drove down from Pokolbin where we were staying. Robyn our guide did a great job of bringing the history to life. Turned out we were on the Escaped Tour and while there were many entertaining stories of escapes... More 

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