Adelaide Gaol, Adelaide

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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 Adelaide, use our Adelaide trip itinerary planning site.
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  • Kids love halloween and we had to be there, They loved the Halloween areas and the food!!. spent most of the day there and my son ringing the bell was his best part. 
    Kids love halloween and we had to be there, They loved the Halloween areas and the food!!. spent most of the day there and my son ringing the bell was his best part.  more »
  • First time I’ve been. Went for the halloween event with 8 year old who loved it. Didn’t find any of the games on the lawn though 
    First time I’ve been. Went for the halloween event with 8 year old who loved it. Didn’t find any of the games on the lawn though  more »
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  • We done a self guided tour and enjoyed our visit. My son got to do a School holiday activity while I delighted in the old buildings & stonework. My son is 3 and we spent approx 70 minutes here however, you could extend that another hour by reading about the history (something young kids aren't interested in nor will they let you take much time doing so haha)
  • Amazing historic gaol. Alan (previous gaol head there) gave us a guided tour and his stories about the gaol were absolutely fascinating. We were blown away. Incredible place!

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