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J Ward Museum Complex

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Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
+61 3 5352 3357
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Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
+61 3 5352 3357
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

David our tour guide was very knowledgable and at times amusing. Interesting tour of the history of this jail and then Lunatic Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Highly recommend this tour.

Thank Weronika H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very interesting tour. We couldn't believe the conditions inmates were subjected to, especially given this complex shut in 1993. The volunteer guides are very friendly and knowledgeable. There is enough to keep teenagers interested, and on edge (especially the underground kitchen). Thanks to our...More

Thank Murrogun
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just made it to town for a 3pm tour and definitely glad we did. Jim was out tour guide and he was great very informative and a real character😀. Very interesting tour and an insight into the early days of prisons especially those with...More

Thank kstew996
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friends and I visited Saturday afternoon and had a great experience. Would like to come back and do a night tour . Would definitely recommend this place as a interesting visit .

Thank Nadine F
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

J Ward tour was very informative. We divided to take the tour last minute. Very interest and opened our eyes to the treatment of the criminally insane during the 20 century. Well worth the visit.

Thank Miriam R
Reviewed 15 May 2017

A visit to nearby Ararat from The Grampians and so worth the visit to J Ward. The guide was very knowledgeable. The tour lasted over an hour. Make a visit part of your itinerary (not the children though).

Thank snorkelsuemton
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

We went on the 11:00 Wednesday tour 1 1/2 hours it was fascinating to see inside a real lunatic ward that was previously a jail. The tour guide was knowledgeable and humorous. I can recommend this great tour.

Thank Paul R
Reviewed 11 March 2017

The guide we had was very animated and knew what he was talking about. Clearly he enjoyed what he was doing, Well worth it.

Thank Jane S
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

I have always wanted to come to Ararat and do the J Ward tour and we finally got the chance to, I would definitely recommend this day tour and I am hoping to go back one day and do the night tour. It is very...More

Thank KimKiana
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Very interesting. Excellent guide. Rather disturbing. We thoroughy enjoyed listening to our excellent guide. It was however rather sobering to visit this "institution". It is hard to appreciate how awful some of the inmates must have been to deal with for the staff. However some...More

Thank Manstandvd
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4 September 2016|
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Response from Holidaygogetter | Reviewed this property |
Hey Ozee, They are about 10m drive from one another. You should allow about 1-2 hrs for J Ward and 3-4 hours for Aradale. you can get tickets from the Information Center in town and they will provide a map.