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Old Castlemaine Gaol

Open Now: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tour was great though I only wish they’d stayed open and not sold the establishment. Only problem... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2018
Zoe-Ann W
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Art Gallery

I have word from a very reliable source that the gaol will open again soon in the near future as an... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Looming atop the western horizon in Castlemaine sits a symbol of justice for the Goldfields. First built in 1861 and active for over 130 years, the Old Castlemaine Gaol has seen men, women and children of all ages pass through its imposing wooden...more
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36-48 Bowden St, Castlemaine, Victoria 3450, Australia
+61 3 5470 6222
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I have word from a very reliable source that the gaol will open again soon in the near future as an art gallery and entertainment venue for events such as weddings and so on so forth, so just hold tight :).

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Guyincogneto
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The gaol is closed for renovations atm!! Sign in the door .. doesn’t state when it reopens.. So please don’t head there as we did .. as you can see it!! Thanks

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lesley S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been to the old Gaol for a few events and feeds, always finding something new and interesting. Food has been good, unique layout of venue can mean you are in a little hidey hole.... interesting art on the walls changes visit to visit. The music...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank slaterstuff
Reviewed 19 January 2019 via mobile

This was a real treat in the past - history brought to life thanks to volunteer guides as well as a rather nice coffee shop based on the old Governor’s house. Now in private ownership, I am looking forward to and will be monitoring to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Matt P
Reviewed 14 January 2019

This old structure on the hill overlooking to town commenced operations in 1861 and operated for 130 years. No longer a jail or a place of historical significance the building was closed and there were reports that it was to be converted into an arts...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 3 January 2019

No longer open. Sign said it was being changed into an art precinct. it has been bought by people who have refurbished other old buildings. They will keep the old goal look.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 54clare
Reviewed 6 December 2018

We eagerly walked from our accommodation to the Gaol only to find it closed and being prepared for converting into units. Very sad about that. A bit of history lost.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 10 October 2018

Great to finally get out of an escape room! And it actually felt like we were really escaping because of the location! Shame we will be one of the last visitors to the site for this activity

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Anne D
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Tour was great though I only wish they’d stayed open and not sold the establishment. Only problem is it wasn’t very scary.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Zoe-Ann W
Reviewed 29 August 2018

arrived to find only one guided tour this month...so agreed to a self guided tour @ $10 each. 3 corridors, the downstairs kitchen and an exercise yard. Couldn't do upstairs un-guided. Junk everywhere. Café closed. hopefully it will improve.....

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank H7342JAkathym
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Eric J
31 October 2015|
Response from Calum M | Property representative |
At this stage we do not have accommodation facilities at the Gaol.