Adelaide Gaol, Adelaide

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.2/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
Made famous by several alleged ghost sightings, Adelaide Gaol was the first permanent prison in South Australia, in operation from 1841 to 1988. The main prison building is one of the oldest structures in this part of the country. Now operating as a museum and a popular tourist attraction, the site introduces visitors to the harshness of inmate life and sheds light on the story of some of Australia’s first European settlers. Enjoy a self-guided tour of this old prison, and learn all about the seven public hangings held here in 1840, while the buildings were still under construction. Visit the prison’s "Hanging Tower," where the last four executions occurred before capital punishment was abolished in 1976. To visit Adelaide Gaol and other attractions in Adelaide, use our Adelaide itinerary planner.
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  • We took a self guided tour and the family had a lot of fun. It is both interesting and a little scary to see how prisoners were kept over the years. The interactive/display section was good fun and ca...  read more »
  • Self guided tour of the goal. Very interesting with good displays in the museum area. Keen photographers will enjoy the photographic opportunities. Hard to believe the goal only closed in 1988 as it i...  read more »
  • We visited the Adelaide Gaol on a ghost tour and we were not disappointed. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the stories of those who do, and have had an encounter at the gaol, are worth a listen....  read more »
  • First time visiting and both my children and I had a great time, the staff were very helpful and friendly, also very informative too which helped us with our project
  • Excellent insight into incarceration in the past. Highly informative, and awesome prison atmosphere. Would visit again
  • Very interesting place to visit will definitely go back for visit no.4
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  • appeal was a hard question to answer. it is history, stays in the mind for some people
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