Adelaide Gaol, Thebarton

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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 Thebarton, use our Thebarton itinerary planner.
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  • This gaol is raw and seems to have changed little since it was used, which is how you want to see an exhibition like this. We did a self guided tour, which allowed us time to wander around and take in...  more »
  • Was not sure what to expect from visting the Old Adelaide Gaol. Whilst it contains a morbid history, it was far more interesting than I expected and I enjoyed it more than other similar sites I had pr...  more »
  • During its lifetime the Gaol housed over 300,000 inmates and executed 45 of them, all of whom are buried within the prison walls. It is a foreboding building full of atmosphere, but not a nice one. 
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  • If you want your kids to stay out of jail, bring them here. Authentically depressing and bleak, you can feel the wasted lives. Execution material would be interesting for kids. Staying overnight for the ghost experience would be terrifying I'm sure
  • 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.
  • Wow, everyone must see it. Amazing things to discover in every building.
  • Great place to spend an hour or more and see how prisoners lived and died. Cashier very friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Excellent insight into incarceration in the past. Highly informative, and awesome prison atmosphere. Would visit again