Visiting times and other details...
Where is the Gaol?
The Adelaide Gaol is located in Adelaide's north western park lands
18 Gaol Road,
Gaol Road runs off the Port Road by the Police Barracks.
There is plenty of free parking and the Gaol has been adapted
to allow access for disabled visitors.
Originally, all Adelaide Gaol Tours were run by the Adelaide Gaol
Preservation Society which is a not for profit organisation and is
run entirely by volunteers. The Society conducted the original and
authentic Adelaide Gaol Tours and is not affiliated with any privately
run Gaol tour operator.
The AGPS long term working relationship with DEWNR was terminated
in May 2013. This action was initiated by a small group of disgruntled
Full details of their actions and the events leading up to this action
can be viewed on our Home Page.
Day Self Guided Tours:
The Adelaide Gaol is open for self guided tours from 10.00
am to 5.00 pm every day except Saturdays, Good Friday and Christmas
The last entry is at 3.30 PM as it will take you at least 90 minutes
to explore this important historic site.
Day Guided Tours: (Not available
at this time)
Alternatively, take a guided history tour with one of our
knowledgeable volunteer guides. They will tell you about the Gaol's
history, its architecture, living conditions and some of the officers
and prisoners who spent time at the Gaol.
Public guided history tours are available on Sundays at 11.00
AM, 12.00 PM and 1.00 PM.
Private guided history tours can be arranged for groups on
any day (minimum 12 people). To make a booking, please call the Gaol
on 08 8231 4062 during normal business hours on Monday to Friday.
School and Disability groups are welcome although bookings
Night Tours: (Not
available at this time)
Come and join us at night for an Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour.
Hear about the Gaol's ghostly officers and inmates. Since the Gaol
closed in 1988, their activities have been observed by many visitors.
New sightings and additional stories of the Adelaide Gaol ghosts
and their paranormal activity continue to occur.
Minimum group size for night tours is 12 people with a maximum of
20 people and tours usually take around two (2.0) hours.
Ghost tours are not suitable for visitors under 15 years of age.
Bookings are essential for all night tours.
Public Ghost Tours are held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Private Ghost Tours can be arranged for clubs and social groups.
They are available every day except Saturday (subject to availability
of our Guides).
Self Guided Only
Public Speakers - These can now be organised
We are also able to arrange for our knowledgeable public speakers
to visit your premises and talk about the people and the history of
the Adelaide Gaol. There are a range of interesting topics and stories
which we believe will fascinate your social club or group.
Please send us an email so that we can discuss your requirements
and organise for one of our speakers to attend your event.
Sale of Books and Souvenirs -
These can now be purchased here
We sell a range of souvenirs and books. The proceeds assist the Adelaide
Gaol Preservation Society Inc. to continue their work in ensuring
the Gaol continues as an important part of our heritage.
In conjunction with the Adelaide Gaol Preservation Society Inc, the
Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources has developed
an interactive museum which allows all Gaol visitors to learn about
the conditions, items and artefacts which were used during the Gaol's
working life. The displays include uniforms, contraband, weapons and
items used for prisoner punishment.
All of these displayed items are on loan from the Adelaide Gaol Preservation
Recently, an archaeological site within the Gaol grounds has been
excavated and opened to the public. This site tells the interesting
story about Adelaide's earliest settlers.
Special Events & Functions (Not
available at this time)
Throughout the year there has been a number of events run by the
Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources and/or the Adelaide
Gaol Preservation Society Inc. These events were designed to promote
the Gaol's facilities and increase awareness of its value in our heritage.
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