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Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
+61 3 5352 3357
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All reviews great tour our tour guide run by volunteers well worth the visit an eye opener mental health fascinating stories jail tour piece of history lunatic asylum mental institution allow plenty of time tour covers highly recommended tour package deal wealth of information fascinating place
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Fantastic tour by the very knowledgeable and engaging Jim, a volunteer guide. Fabulous insight to this amazing building and it’s use as a prison and then a criminal mental institution.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank justus20182018
Reviewed 11 November 2018

This is one place you have not got to go past, The tour guild was very interesting and full of detail about what went on allow at least 2 hours ..I am glad we understand a little more about mental illness other wise we would...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Dags1954
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Was given a good 2 hours tour of a prison facility that demonstrated the medical understanding of mental illness of the time - frightening. Combined with the tour of the Aradale mental hospital a great day.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Barbara J
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

We made the 3 hour drive from Torquay to Ararat to visit the infamous J Ward and Aradale (separate review) on a combined package deal. J Ward was most interesting with tales of malpractice and mistreatment of inmates. Horrific stories of inmates and their activities....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank skiggy
Reviewed 22 October 2018

The grounds and buildings are very clean, neat and tidy. The tour is very interesting. There are story boards around the tour and ample opportunity to take photos. Well worth it.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

Very interesting tour - quite long (about 2 hours) but still didn't get to see everything! .........

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

The J ward tour was recommended to us and we are so glad we went, the history of J Ward was fascinating and our guide was highly knowledgeable and knew a lot about factual history. The grounds were beautiful and the buildings were stunning especially...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank martinaebert948
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

The J Ward Day Tour was done as part of the overall experience after doing the Aradale Asylum Ghost Tour the previous night. The tour was held over a 2 hour gripping event of stories and information professionally presented to keep us interested. The tour...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank frek62
Reviewed 7 September 2018

My wife and i were travelling from Dunkeld back to Melbourne but we detoured - on the advice of a number of friends- to Ararat to visit the J Ward Museum (former Mental Asylum for the criminally insane and which closed in 2001) . As...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Craig H
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Ian our tour guide was fantastic and very informative! I highly recommend everyone to visit and take a tour of this beautiful old gaol! The history and the stories behind the prisoners are fascinating! 10/10

Date of experience: July 2018
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4 September 2016|
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Response from Holidaygogetter | Reviewed this property |
Hey Ozee, They are about 10m drive from one another. You should allow about 1-2 hrs for J Ward and 3-4 hours for Aradale. you can get tickets from the Information Center in town and they will provide a map.