Richmond Gaol

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Richmond Gaol
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Richmond Gaol is the oldest fully intact convict Gaol in Australia. It was built 5 years before Port Arthur. It is rare in that it housed both male and female convicts. The cost is $10 per adult $5 per child and $25 per family. Discount for group bookings on request. Ph03 62602127
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Pat T
Thornlands, Australia41 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Family
Very interesting piece of history in the beautiful little town of Richmond.
Admission is reasonable and includes a scavenger hunt for the kids which even us adults got quite into.
See buildings and conditions as they were when this Gaol was operating.
Small gift shop provides some interesting novelty souvenirs.
Written 14 June 2022
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Dingo_6152
Fremantle, Australia1,824 contributions
May 2022
Located about 100m off the main road (Bridge Road) behind the old courthouse building is Australia's oldest intact convict gaol.

It is a stark sandstone complex, surrounded by open grass. The gaol is open seven days a week between 9am and 5pm. The gaol is a group of small single-storey buildings located around a central courtyard. It is easy to navigate your way around due to its size. Its walls permeate with history - the tiny solitary confinement and punishment cells, the flogging yard, chain gang rooms and cookhouse - give you a reminder of just how harsh convict life actually was.

Apparently one of the cells in the men's block is haunted though I failed to catch any spirits on camera.

It is definitely worth visiting the gaol if you are visiting Richmond.
Written 9 June 2022
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Warren B
Sydney, Australia245 contributions
Jun. 2022
This is a quality museum, showcasing the conditions in which prisoners were kept in the 19th century and also the living conditions for those who ran the prison. It's well set out, with helpful information in each room. A really good adjunct to a viewing of the nearby Bridge which the convicts also built.
Written 9 June 2022
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia6,660 contributions
Mar. 2022
The Gaol dates to 1825 when construction commenced using convict labour. The self-guided tour pamphlet that we received on admission included fascinating information on the layout and provisions of the original structure also details of the additions in 1833 and 1840. After transportation of convicts ceased in 1853, it became a watch-house and finally ceased operation in 1928. It was registered as a historic site in 1971. Many original items from the period are displayed in the various rooms, the whips, leg irons, handcuffs, etc. Great history and artefacts from a difficult period.
Written 3 May 2022
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gregory667
Melbourne, Australia83 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Family
Oldest gaol in original plan in Australia. A grim place. Shackled my ankles in leg irons bolted to the wall for novelty photo in cell, then couldn’t get them off again.
Written 23 April 2022
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Burgess-54
Brisbane, Australia24 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Couples
Love the historical element. Worth the $$ you pay to enter to preserve this historic site. Had fun & was good to read the history.
Written 13 March 2022
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Dajubrzojoma
Helensburgh, Australia151 contributions
Mar. 2022
You don’t need long here. The buildings are well preserved and there are recordings and information on the wall regarding the history.
Written 3 March 2022
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Ian M
Mildura, Australia692 contributions
Feb. 2022
We took a self guided tour of the gaol. It is an interesting historical building and gives you an idea of life in prisons of that time
Written 3 March 2022
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danielkayelene
The Summit, Australia707 contributions
Jan. 2022
A small but interesting historical site. Well worth the admission price. The self-guided component allows you to explore at your own pace. The solitary confinement cells were a highlight.
Written 14 February 2022
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DAROHATH
Cairns, Australia572 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Couples
Interesting piece of history located right in Richmond. We spent about an hour or so and really enjoyed the information provided in the gaol. Definitely worthwhile at $12 entry, whilst exploring the Richmond area.
Written 24 January 2022
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