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Adelaide Gaol

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Address: 18 Gaol Rd, Thebarton, West Torrens, South Australia 5031, Australia
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Experience what life was like behind bars for the prisoners who once called...

Experience what life was like behind bars for the prisoners who once called the Adelaide Gaol their home. 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. Experience what daily life in prison was really like. Wander along, lost in your own imagination and visit our interactive exhibition. If you're really lucky, you may catch a glimpse of one of our ghostly residents. Opening times: 9am - 5pm - 7 days a week Last entry for self-guided tours is at 4.00pm

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Wonderful 2 hour guided tour.

We went with a community group, wonderful guided walking tour, of Adelaide's not so pleasant past. The buildings and surrounds have and are still being preserved, along with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ian W
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We wasted our time walking out there. It was closed for a private function. This is supposedly one of the top 10 things to do in Adelaide and they close it for a private party ??????

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with a community group, wonderful guided walking tour, of Adelaide's not so pleasant past. The buildings and surrounds have and are still being preserved, along with artworks done by prisoners, tools of trade of prisoners, guards, wardens, doctors and dentist rooms. Authentic cells, work areas, prison yards, all explained by very knowledgeable volunteers, who have gained many stories,... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've lived in Sa all my life and today I decided to do a self guided tour. The lady at the gate was very helpful. The map was great, a great little creepy place if your into all things haunted and historical. The gift shop was fun too.

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Moruya, Australia
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We went twice, once on a night ghost tiur & then again during the day. The ghost tour was a guilded tour that went for 2 hours. The self guilded tour during the day took us about 2 hours. Very interesting and gift shop was very resonable as were the admissions fees.

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Reviewed 13 April 2017

It is a bit hard to know how to review this - the self guided tour was full of interesting information, but it is also a heavy sort of topic. It kept my kids interested, with plenty of cells to walk into, try out a non-contact visit and a good look at the Hanging Tower (which still gives me chills).... More 

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Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Very impressive facility very close to the city. It's hard to believe this facility was still in use until 1988 when you see how basic the facilities are. Do the self guided tour, you're given a map after paying your entry fee and it's very easy to navigate around. Allow 2 hours to complete the walk through.

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

Tours are self guided and the whole experience is somewhat underwhelming. Unless you are really into prisons, I would not bother visiting.

Thank Martin H
Horsham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

It is hard to believe that this prison only closed in 1988. The facilities are, at the very least, basic, so the time fitting the crime must have quite an ordeal. We did the self-guided tour, which is very easy as the map is clear and easy to follow. There is a small shop for souvenirs and drinks. Well worth... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

This is a really interesting attraction, which seems be missing from the tourist trail. When we visited there were only a handful of people there, although we understand it is busier at weekends and with school visits. The Gaol is virtually untouched since the last inmates left and it must have been a tough place to be incarcerated. There is... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

This prison, which was in operation until the 1980s is located close to downtown Adelaide. Open in the early 1800s, this is not a happy place. About 40-something people have been executed here, by hanging, and their graves here are marked well. This is a somber but very interesting look at Australia's prison system. History buffs will enjoy seeing actual... More 

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