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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  • July 23, 2017
    Had a lovely day visiting the Adelaide Gaol. We always love to visit old gaols and penitentiaries on our holidays, and thought we should check out one in our town. A little disappointing that it was a...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    I partook in the night ghost tour that was guided and took place for two hours. It was really interesting, informative and was hosted really well. I would highly recommend this as something to do if y...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    Visited Adelaide Goal as a couple July 2017. My husband had always wanted to go but I was surprised at how interesting I found it. The lady that greeted us was very warm and welcoming. She gave us a m...  more »
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  • July 21, 2017
    Visited Adelaide Goal as a couple July 2017. My husband had always wanted to go but I was surprised at how interesting I found it. The lady that greeted us was very warm and welcoming. She gave us a map, a brief history of the goal, some interesting facts and pointed out points of interest. The map was easy to follow with information boards posted regularly outlining everything from building facts, prisoner conditions, artifacts from different eras and reports of prison guards. Kids were catered for with interactive displays and character prisoner posters hidden throughout the goal they had to find and cross off their map. The original 1841 cell block showed the mortifyingly depressing conditions prisoners were held in. The hanging of Elizabeth Woolcock and her possible innocence is truly fascinating. Anyone interested in Australian history will find this tour an intriguing look into Australia's early criminal history. Allow 1.5 - 2 hours if you'd like to read all the information on display. We did and were fascinated by the gaols history and the conditions prisoners were kept in. Next time we'd like to do the guided night tour. But rug up... It gets very cold in there!
  • August 12, 2017
    Great history. Public hanging would be a good deterrent : o
  • August 12, 2017
    Lots to see, and many interesting facts. Well worth a visit for the whole family.
  • July 30, 2017
    Very interesting facts, learnt a lot. There is no tour, not that it is needed.
  • April 4, 2017
    A little bit of Adelaide's history. Very informative and not crowded. I'd love to do a night tour here.

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