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J Ward Museum Complex

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Address: Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
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J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour
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Fantastic and Interesting

What a fantastic tour - we did the J Ward Lunatic Asylum Saturday night Ghost Tour - and it was both very eerie and interesting. The guides were wonderful and had terrific... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
MickyC-AUS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a fantastic tour - we did the J Ward Lunatic Asylum Saturday night Ghost Tour - and it was both very eerie and interesting. The guides were wonderful and had terrific knowledge of the previous in-mates of the ward and legends. The stories they told really built anticipation and made for a great night's entertainment. Wonderful museum with photographic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As part 2 of our day trip ( aradale lunatic asylum 1st ) the group I was with..we did a tour of j ward. Originally a prison back in the 1800s it was really interesting..I liked it more than the aradale tour as im more interested in old goals n their history than a disused mental hospital. The best part... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spooky fun to see the cold cells and get the lowdown on some of Victoria's crazy violent citizens. The ECT machines are out of action now but would be great fun to try out on the visitors if they could crank them up again.

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Thank Rex G
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this museum at the opening hour in the morning, and it was nice to have a personalised tour with Dave who was very knowledgeable and eager to teach and recall the history of the site in detail. He was a wonderful guide and his stories created a vivid image of the prison and asylum as it was a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the guided tour, a bit eerie and rather sad, Very reasonably priced. We learnt so much! Our guide was brilliant.

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Thank katrinaa62
Ararat, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic facility and part of Victoria's hidden history. Great knowledgable guides who give terrific tours.

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Thank Judi S
Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We did the guided tour and were amazed a place like this existed. It's eerie and really was a terrible place filled with mainly the criminally insane. The guide was lovely and had a connection to the place as she had actually worked there for a small while so she was full of stories and extra info. Only $15 per... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

The tours go regularly so it easy to find a time that best works with other plans. Very reasonably priced for the tour. The whole complex was well maintained so no issues with hazards or dirty etc. we were the only people on the tour at the time. Guide was extreme knowledgable and gave us lots of info on the... More 

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Thank Deeandrea
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

Tour took around 1.5 hours and the site was very interesting. Both a previous prison and then a place where the criminally insane were kept as the J Ward of Anadale Asylum. Great old building, with an interesting history both as a prison (where three inmates were hanged) and as an Asylum for the criminally insane. The kitchen and bathroom... More 

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Thank Beckstar8
Torquay, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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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