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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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Interesting jail--wouldn't want to have lived here though!

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... read more

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Temora, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This gaol is raw and seems to have changed little since it was used, which is how you want to see an exhibition like this. We did a self guided tour, which allowed us time to wander around and take in the depressing climate of a penal institution that was in use until comparatively recently, (the early 1980's). Give yourself... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was not sure what to expect from visting the Old Adelaide Gaol. Whilst it contains a morbid history, it was far more interesting than I expected and I enjoyed it more than other similar sites I had previously been to. The location is slightly out of walking distance from the city centre, however well priced entry. When on-site you are... More 

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Alton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During its lifetime the Gaol housed over 300,000 inmates and executed 45 of them, all of whom are buried within the prison walls. It is a foreboding building full of atmosphere, but not a nice one.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

You would need to be interested in the penal system and the conditions prisoners lived in to appreciate this place. We went there thinking it was ‘old’ as in it had not been used recently, but then found out the last prisoners were there in 1984. There is quite an emphasis on the fact that early prisoners were not transported... More 

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Mandurah, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

For a small entrance fee, wander round the Old Adelaide Goal. Lots of historic information and old photos. Experience life in goal in the last century. Some areas still being restored but it is absolutely fascinating. A gift shop also on site. This is a brilliant attraction.

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Monarto, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

Excellent venue with loads of character. Goal cells and graves in wall were a bit unsettling. caterers did a great job, nice and central easy to get to

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

The old Adelaide Gaol had very few people visiting the day we attended. It's not a sophisticated 'tourist' place, as it shouldn't be. Just to walk through the cells and the grounds gave you a real idea of the deprivation and loneliness the inmates would have felt. And to think it was still in use in the 1980s! We needed... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I've actually been here twice and one occasion I stayed the night (about ten years ago) and did the midnight tour whilst staying in the old hospital ward, original beds and all! I can't recommend going more, it's fascinating, time will stand still! Weather you're a tourist or a local, you will definitively enjoy exploring the Adelaide Gaol!

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

I was amazed at how few people there were at the gaol this afternoon. This experience was certainly worth the entry fee and a lot more. A great insight into the conditions that the prisoners endured in the early part of the colonial Adelaide settlement and the influence many of the local pioneers had on them. A great educational experience... More 

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