Adelaide Gaol

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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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4.5
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I Love A
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Love, love, loved it!
Oct. 2021 • Solo
Adelaide Gaol is a must on anyone's list of things to do and experience in Adelaide. The Hostess was extremely knowledgeable ( Thank you Allyson Oakley) in all aspects of the Gaols history and construction. If you enjoy a little of the paranormal, then this tour is a must for you. Highly recommended 💯...
Written 15 October 2021
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Naomi B
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Adelaide Gaol
Sep. 2021
It was very interesting. A lot of things you don't come across in other jails. However, there was a lot of reading - would have been handy to have an app that gives you audio or a button at the location.
Written 1 October 2021
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AME2454
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A very interesting & informative visit
Sep. 2021
It was a magnificent day & we spent more that 3 hours there. So much to see & very informative information, about the jail & people who were in or involved in it. Plenty of Artifact to see & read about. All very clean & well set up premises. The staff were so very friendly, helpful, full of information & a delight to talk to. A perfect day. Thank you
Written 27 September 2021
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philswanno
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Amazing!
Sep. 2021
It is great that there is such an affordable, fun day out. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Adelaide Gail and can’t wait to go again. Would 100% recommend.
Written 22 September 2021
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rebeccabridges2021
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Birthday Party Bliss!
Aug. 2021 • Family
What an amazing unique location to hold a birthday party. Best Birthday Party Ever!
Had the most amazing host who was so knowledgeable and told the most amazing stories to the almost 10 year old's. Worked with us to ensure the stories were perfect for the age group and was so accommodating. I didn't know what to expect but expectations were blown out the window. I would HIGHLY recommend Adelaide Gaol for your next Birthday Party Experience!
Written 30 August 2021
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We are delighted you had a great birthday party! Our hosts do enjoy ensuring the children have a great time and that stories are aimed at the appropriate level. Thank you for your very kind review.
Written 13 September 2021
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Mark H
Clare, Australia4 contributions
Its like time stood still.
Aug. 2021
A great insight into life behind bars in years gone by. Seemed like being on the set of Shawshank Redemption. I only hope the SA Government preserves this irreplaceable piece of history properly. I spent two hours doing the self-guided tour but could have stayed longer. It was easy to follow and very informative. I will be coming back to do the 'new building' properly as I had to scoot through this at the end due to my own time constraint. Casey was a great host too - so passionate and friendly.
Written 2 August 2021
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Thank you for your kind review, Mark. we have lots of plans for enhancing the experience at the Gaol. Keeping the character of the gaol as it was when running is an important aspect of our work.
Written 13 September 2021
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HarliQuinn_B13
Adelaide, Australia2 contributions
Birthday visit
Jul. 2021
The Gaol offers such a unique experience, along with some of the best auras I've ever felt. We did the self guided tour and it was so enjoyable and filled with so much history. The staff are absolutely lovely and I would recommend visiting here to anyone who asks.
Written 20 July 2021
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Thank you for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit, there is lots more to come from the Gaol!
Written 13 September 2021
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Magpie056
Adelaide South Australia39 contributions
One of the favourite places of our granddaughter Skye
Jun. 2021 • Family
This was now the second time we visited the Adelaide Gaol or "Old Gaol" with our granddaughter Skye (5 years old). She loved this place so much when we were there last year. It's so interesting and especially in the school holidays there is so much fun at this place. This time we had to look for keys with numbers, which revealed different letters which we had to add to a special sheet of paper to be able to read a message. It was so exciting, not only for our grandchild! And the staff is always so kind!
Written 14 July 2021
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GoPlaces136955
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Hunting guards and prisoners
Jul. 2021 • Family
Our family had a wonderful time exploring the gaol searching for the Prison Guards and their keys and those pesky prisoners trying to escape - made for a great day out
Written 13 July 2021
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Escape667478
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Must Go!
Jun. 2021 • Family
If you’re intrigued by crime and historic buildings this would be a must go visit. Loved learning the history behind the jail, everything was set up perfectly and they have some fun gift shops items too! Would recommend visiting next time you find yourself in Adelaide.
Written 26 June 2021
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