Adelaide Gaol
Adelaide Gaol
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Experience what life was like behind bars for the prisoners who once called the Adelaide Gaol their home. Ghost tours can only be booked through one of our private Commercial Tour Operators. Please visit our website for details. Adelaide Gaol was 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.
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  • Seph
    Melbourne, Australia92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definetly worth the visit!
    I am not sure what the average visiting time is for a gaol this size. However, we spent good 2 hours at this goal learning all the history behind it. From a building to a brick, from the prisoners' convictions to their execution (some even still buried there), so many stories to be told.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 September 2023
  • B3NJ1
    Queensland, Australia191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable and Interesting
    It was really enjoyable and interesting wandering through the old gaol. There were plenty of exhibits and authentic relics. Probably not too interesting for kids, but we especially enjoyed it. Also, the staff we encountered were extremely friendly and informative.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • rob27898
    Port Kennedy, Australia463 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not too old
    This was a fun place but having been to the Fremantle Gaol in Perth, it’s better executed on the interp-side. Very friendly lady let us in at the gift shop and we mooched around in the rain and cold. My only criticism would be the piles of Halloween themeing literally just dumped in the middle of the car park which we have to navigate in the car and then the huage puddle out the front. Worth a visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Robert D
    4,185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent evening tours
    The Adelaide Gaol was built in 1841 and used until 1988. Evening tours are operated by four different groups, which rotate. There are several evening and ghost tours to choose from. My tour was titled "Murder and Mayhem" and was operated by the Adelaide Gaol Preservation Society. I was the only person on the tour so I had a private tour. Even in the 1980s, the prison walls did not have barbed wire on top. They used honeycomb brickwork instead. These bricked were simply stacked, without any adhesive. If someone tried to go over the wall, the falling bricks would alert the guards. I saw the old cells, including ones that were decorated for Halloween. (My visit was in late October.) There was also a replica of the portable gallows on the spot where the original portable gallows stood from 1861 to 1883. I enjoyed the tour and found it both informative and entertaining.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 December 2023
  • AJ Pato
    Kempsey, Australia943 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic place to explore.
    If old Gaol and historical buildings interest you this is a must. A great example of a Gaol and the history of the place. The QR codes offer a great story line to listen whilst you’re walking around. I recommend taking ear plugs. It was interesting to see the gallows and burial site of those buried there. I’d love to return for the ghost tour.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 February 2024
  • CDTaylor80
    Melbourne, Australia366 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Adelaide must see attraction
    A very educational experience in a well preserved old building. Great tour map leads you all around the precinct is well done with lots of information along the way. Learn about the 50 people hanged in the goal and the stories of the many inmates who passed through over 150 years. Well worth the visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 May 2024
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josh
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Couples
You get to look around the old jail and explore the cells and history. Simply fascinating and a step back in time. Also the escape room was so much fun. Would highly recommend.
Written 25 June 2024
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CDTaylor80
Melbourne, Australia366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A very educational experience in a well preserved old building. Great tour map leads you all around the precinct is well done with lots of information along the way. Learn about the 50 people hanged in the goal and the stories of the many inmates who passed through over 150 years. Well worth the visit.
Written 3 May 2024
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Juliet H
Reading, UK417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Due to building work in the area we found it difficult to get to this museum and almost gave up but we were pleased that we persevered. The information about the history of the building was interesting and informative.
Written 23 April 2024
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Lisa Prowd
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Loved the history of the venue, we stayed to do a paranormal investigation, it didn’t disappoint! So much fun, grate host, generally a good time.
Written 10 February 2024
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AJ Pato
Kempsey, Australia943 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
If old Gaol and historical buildings interest you this is a must. A great example of a Gaol and the history of the place. The QR codes offer a great story line to listen whilst you’re walking around. I recommend taking ear plugs.
It was interesting to see the gallows and burial site of those buried there.
I’d love to return for the ghost tour.
Written 4 February 2024
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York4,185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The Adelaide Gaol was built in 1841 and used until 1988. Evening tours are operated by four different groups, which rotate. There are several evening and ghost tours to choose from. My tour was titled "Murder and Mayhem" and was operated by the Adelaide Gaol Preservation Society. I was the only person on the tour so I had a private tour. Even in the 1980s, the prison walls did not have barbed wire on top. They used honeycomb brickwork instead. These bricked were simply stacked, without any adhesive. If someone tried to go over the wall, the falling bricks would alert the guards. I saw the old cells, including ones that were decorated for Halloween. (My visit was in late October.) There was also a replica of the portable gallows on the spot where the original portable gallows stood from 1861 to 1883. I enjoyed the tour and found it both informative and entertaining.
Written 5 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

rob27898
Port Kennedy, Australia463 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This was a fun place but having been to the Fremantle Gaol in Perth, it’s better executed on the interp-side.

Very friendly lady let us in at the gift shop and we mooched around in the rain and cold.

My only criticism would be the piles of Halloween themeing literally just dumped in the middle of the car park which we have to navigate in the car and then the huage puddle out the front.

Worth a visit.
Written 1 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

B3NJ1
Queensland, Australia191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It was really enjoyable and interesting wandering through the old gaol. There were plenty of exhibits and authentic relics. Probably not too interesting for kids, but we especially enjoyed it. Also, the staff we encountered were extremely friendly and informative.
Written 2 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Seph
Melbourne, Australia92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
I am not sure what the average visiting time is for a gaol this size. However, we spent good 2 hours at this goal learning all the history behind it. From a building to a brick, from the prisoners' convictions to their execution (some even still buried there), so many stories to be told.
Written 20 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

David L
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
Great spot. Plenty of history. Lots to see here and some interesting stories about the executions and eventual closing of the prison.
Written 1 July 2023
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