Old Castlemaine Gaol / The Governor's Cafe, Castlemaine

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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3.7/5 based on 40 reviews on the web
The Old Castlemaine Gaol was a prison located in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia. The prison was modelled on Pentonville; the present building replaced the original, designed by Inspector General John Price, was never occupied. Built in 1861 to house offenders from the goldfields and nearby towns, it served various functions in the penal system before it was closed down and its prisoners transferred to HM Prison Loddon in 1990. Since, it has been used as a hotel and tourist attraction. It currently serves as the studio for local community radio station WMA FM 94.9.The grounds were originally landscaped by renowned landscape gardener Hugh Linaker.Notable prisonersPeter Dupasserving a life sentence for multiple murder and rape.
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  • I went the previous night and did the ghost tour. That was quite interesting and I thought I would see what the place would look like during the day. The place was rough around the edges but I guess i...  read more »
  • Warm smile of welcome! Ordered a flat white in a glass with as little froth as possible, a soy latte and a brownie to share (over sized and generous). Coffee came up to my expectations! Sat out in the...  read more »
  • Ok we went as a family as I thought it would be great to give the family a history lesson. not hard to find but poorly maintained they should at least take care of the gardens outside the parking is a...  read more »
  • My partner and myself went for a "tour " today and had to chase down the guy who ran it via his sister having to phone him to ask if he was doing it today. (Even as it was advertised that it was. ) The guy mumbled and was not clear on the history of the goal. Would we recommend paying $20 each to get bored and getting wet for? NO very unprofessional.
  • Lovely GF cake & a room to ourselves for a birthday celebration
  • Unique experience in the old Castlemaine gaol
  • Loved the coffee and the breakfast bun.
  • Not bad. Rather large gaol to look at.
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