Adelaide Gaol, Adelaide

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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 trip itinerary planning site.
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  • This was now the second time we visited the Adelaide Gaol or "Old Gaol" with our granddaughter Skye (5 years old). She loved this place so much when we were there last year. It's so interesting and...  more »
  • Our family had a wonderful time exploring the gaol searching for the Prison Guards and their keys and those pesky prisoners trying to escape - made for a great day out  more »
  • Had a great family trip. A special "Escape the gaol" puzzle trail was on which the kids loved. And we adults found the history, stories, and exhibits fascinating. Wonderful staff too.
  • Great Ghost tour. Well worth the visit. Fantastic guide. Great stories and excellent knowledge.

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