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Adelaide Gaol

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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...more
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Old Gaol 18 Gaol Rd, Thebarton, West Torrens, South Australia 5000, Australia
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Reviewed 14 February 2019

I have visited and investigated the Old Adelaide Gaol many times. My favourite times have been with the Adelaide Gaol Preservation Society who have helped preserve this iconic location over the past 30+ years, giving their time and money back to gaol, rather than taking...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed 13 February 2019

We took our grandchildren aged 5 and 7years and they had a brilliant morning. The staff seemed to go out of their way to be helpful and welcoming. They engaged the children with the 'Gaol break' activity and the hunt for clues set had the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 24 January 2019

We did a self guided tour through the gaol with the jail break activity for a bit of fun. Having closed its doors in 1988, the gaol in some areas (eg the store) is a time capsule of days past. While the displays demonstrate the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kim B
Reviewed 23 January 2019

I did the self guided tour, and it was amazing! It was really creepy, even though we went during the day. I was too scared to do the ghost tour. There is a lot of history there, and you can feel it as you walk...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 21 January 2019 via mobile

My son loves learning about history and has a fascination with old buildings. The Adelaide Gaol did not let him down. We entered and were greeted by the extremely personable staff at reception and then we began the children’s exploration and Gaol escape. This gave...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 17 January 2019

We did our own tour on an extremely hot day, make sure you have water with you. As a family we found the gaol a fascinatingly, compelling place to visit. The conditions and rules the inmates endured was unbelievable. Quite a few who were executed...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 8 December 2018

This was only closed in the 1980's so it almost feels like a recently working gaol! Some of the stories of the inmates and "hanging tower" are pretty spooky, and the place certainly has a rather dour atmosphere (especially on the drizzly day we visited)...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mike C
Reviewed 14 November 2018

For access by private vehicle there is free parking adjacent to the gaol, otherwise it is around a 10 minute walk from the nearest bus stop. There are picnic facilities in the grounds and a small selection of snacks is sold at the entry counter....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile

While interesting, I couldn’t help but feel like this wasn’t as impressive as the other prison museums I’ve seen in other Australian cities.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

We spent two hours there on a Sunday afternoon. Umbrellas were provided as we walked around the prison. Lots of information about the prison, inmates and executions. Would have loved an audio tour but bearing in mind it closed in the early 1980s it’s almost...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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