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Adelaide Gaol

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Address: Old Gaol 18 Gaol Rd | Thebarton, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
Phone Number: 6182314062
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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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Fascinating!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
estellef88
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Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Thank Grant H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank Andrew P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Thank JKH777
Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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county durham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst looking for things to do in the city, we stumbled across this little gem. We got the tram from Adelaide railway station to west terrace, and the Gaol was only about a 10 minute walk. The staff member who served us was very friendly and informative. We were given a map so that we could do the self guided... More 

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. Lots to see. Hanging tower very grim as you would expect. Quite spooky and creepy walking around some of the corridors.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like your dark history, or walking tours, add this to your list. Thoroughly entertaining look into the (relatively recent) past.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very informative and interesting place to visit to see the place and methods of punishment used from the earliest days of the area to current times when the prison was closed. Staffed by volunteers all of whom were very friendly and helpful.

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