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J Ward Museum Complex

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Address: Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5352 3357
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J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour
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An absolute gem of a tour.

On arriving spend a few minutes to take in the beautifully maintained gardens. Don was a wealth of information. We were lucky enough to be the only ones on that tour so we... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Morrisa20
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Torquay, Australia
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Torquay, Australia
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On arriving spend a few minutes to take in the beautifully maintained gardens. Don was a wealth of information. We were lucky enough to be the only ones on that tour so we were able to ask lots of questions which Don knew all the answers. It is a fascinating tour with a very sad video at the completion of... More 

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Forster, Australia
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181 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the day tour of J-ward with Geoff as our tour guide. It was very informative and interesting. We got to walk around all the buildings and grounds with Geoff telling us the history of the place. Tour is based mainly on when it was a lunatic asylum but also goes into when it was a jail. Tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

From the minute you arrive the hostess sets the scene. You will love the history and not one room will disappoint. Wear flat shoes or runners as you will need to trudge down a hill in the dark to the morgue. There is a lot of stair climbing and descending over the two hours that the tour is taken but... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Fabulous value for money, $15 a person and our tour went for 2 hours. The guide asked at the start if anyone was in a hurry so there option to leave early but it was so engaging and interesting we didn't even realise it took that long

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Thank cinbutton
Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Sensational tour, run by highly knowledgeable and engaging volunteers. Where would we be without volunteers. It takes an hour, you could talk about it for hours. There is even the opportunity to put n a straight jacket. Fortunately my husband let me out. Go and see J Ward, you won't regret it. The complete tour takes an hour and tea... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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107 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Punctual, friendly, informative. Richard gave us a wonderful tour full of stories and information. It is one of the best tours we have been on. It felt really creepy down in the kitchen and Richard's murder stories didn't help ally our fears. The complex is well maintained and enough information is supplied with exhibits. The DVD presentation at the end... More 

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Thank JanandAnne
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

A great tour of the old asylum for the criminally insane! Our guide was amazing, the tour is usually 1 hour but we spent more than 2 listening to stories and facts about the place. The complex is maintained by volunteers and they are doing an excellent job. Definitely worth a visit!

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Thank Pavel_11111
Ararat, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Great to finally be able to visit and have a tour of the place my father worked for many many years...nice to see the grounds maintained and meet the dedicated tour guides.even tho i have moved away nice to see Ararat history maintained.highly recommend

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Thank qiken
Warragul, Australia
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

The tour of the old Goal is very informative and the stories are very sad, to think this was happening still in the 1990's, price is $15 which is well worth it, tour takes about 2 hours, certainly an eye opener

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Thank Kerrie M
Echuca, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

My family went on a tour of J ward and can't recommend it enough! We were completely blown away! The complex and it's grounds are extremely well look after. All the people working there are incredibly lovely and friendly and made us feel very welcome! The tour was short but packed full of information and it really allowed you to... More 

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