Z Ward
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Neither prison nor hospital, the “criminal ward” of the former Glenside Mental Hospital occupies a unique place in South Australia's history. From the rare 'Ha Ha Wall' encircling the building to its striking 1880s polychromatic brickwork, explore the breathtaking architecture and sobering history of this important site.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Sue
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Day Time Tour - Informative yet casual tour. Tour guide was relaxed speaker and had many stories to tell and willing answered questions. There was plenty of opportunity to explore on ones own and to take photos.
Written 25 November 2019
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Thank you for your review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your tour and the stories of Z Ward. National Trust of South Australia
Written 13 September 2023
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Paula A
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Z ward and the history of the asylum is fascinating and his is a beautiful old building to explore. Anyone with an interest in history should visit.
Written 3 April 2019
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Thank you for your review and attending one of our tours, we hope to see you in the future for another tour of Z Ward. National Trust of South Australia
Written 13 September 2023
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Eric H
Adelaide, Australia85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
Wow.....never thought that I would ever see inside an old mental institution for the criminally insane. However, thanks to the National Trust of South Australia this pretty spooky facility is now accessible to the public. To view the conditions that these miserable souls had to tolerate is mind blowing, especially when you see the metal fence around the fire place to prevent inmates from throwing themselves on the fire!
The Trust operates evening ghost tours here which will be my next visit for sure.
Written 3 February 2019
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Thank you for your review! We are so happy that you enjoyed the tour and that we can offer this to the public. We hope to see you again for another tour. National Trust of South Australia
Written 13 September 2023
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GoPlaces768953
Blackwood, Australia33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
Really enjoyed this tour. It was really extremely well done with no theatricals but had us terrified all the same while wondering though a building with a violent past. Loved the lock out in the cells. Great history and stories in a stunning old building.
Written 6 January 2019
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Thank you for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your tour and hope to have you back again. National Trust of South Australia
Written 13 September 2023
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giddyin0z
Adelaide, Australia153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
If you want to learn about an unusual piece of Adelaide history, why not visit the Z-Ward in Glenside? This historic building, designed in the 1880s by the eminent colonial architect E. J. Woods, used to be an asylum for the criminally insane up to the 1970s. The National Trust conducts guided 90 min. history tours on some days, where you learn about the architecture, history and use of the building (check their website for dates and to book). There are also ghost tours being run by a private company on some nights.
Written 16 December 2018
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Thank you very much for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your tour and the history of the building. National Trust of South Australia
Written 13 September 2023
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D6387PPkarens
Brooklyn Park, Australia29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Excellent guide takes you through the history of the building with much still in the original state. Options are Day Tour and a Ghost Tour.
Taking the option of a Day Tour to walk through this part of Adelaide’s history
Written 5 September 2018
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Thank you so much for your review! We hope to see you again for another tour of Z Ward. National Trust of South Australia
Written 13 September 2023
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