Adelaide Gaol, Adelaide
(4.2/5 based on 190+ 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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  • If you like your dark history, or walking tours, add this to your list. Thoroughly entertaining look into the (relatively recent) past. 
  • A very informative and interesting place to visit to see the place and methods of punishment used from the earliest days of the area to current times when the prison was closed. Staffed by volunteers ...  more »
  • Went to the Gaol a few weeks ago while visiting my brother who lives in Adelaide, he and his wife went with me as they had never visited before. I have to say I found it fascinating and on a par with ...  more »
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  • You will never have so much fun being in prison. The gaol is laid out in an interesting way, that facilitates wandering around, and gives a feel for what it must have been like as a prisoner.
  • 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
  • Fantastic historic experience
  • Some great memories in G division