Adelaide Gaol FAQ’s

Why is it 'Gaol' as opposed to 'Jail'?

Gaol is a chiefly British spelling which was used very often during colonial Australia. It is thought that ‘Jail’ is a more American way of spelling the word, however both forms of the word have historical origins in Europe.

Was capital punishment used in the Adelaide Gaol?

Yes, both capital and corporal punishment in the form of floggings or whippings were used until the mid 1960s. Although these forms of punishment were not used after the 1960s, the law wasn’t repealed until 1976.

What was the maximum number of prisoners held in the Gaol?

In the early 1960’s the Adelaide Gaol held a total of 440 prisoners.

How many people have been hanged in the Adelaide Gaol?

A total of 45 people including one woman were hanged in various locations around the Gaol.

When was the Adelaide Gaol built?

George Strickland Kingston drew up the plans for the Adelaide Gaol in May 1840. The contractors, Borrow and Goodiar commenced construction in July 1840.

Is the Adelaide Gaol haunted?

Over the years there have been many recorded and documented incidents of paranormal activity at the Gaol. These paranormal activities are continuing to this day.

When did the Adelaide Gaol close?

The Adelaide Gaol closed as an operating facility on 4 February 1988.

Why did the Adelaide Gaol close?

The Adelaide Gaol closed in 1988 because the facilities needed upgrading and the cost to complete these upgrades could not be justified. The Gaol was built in 1841 and the cells had no running water, no toilet facilities and no heating or cooling.

Am I able to visit the Adelaide Gaol?

Yes, the Adelaide Gaol Preservation Society Inc. runs a variety of tours relating to the Adelaide Gaol’s history and paranormal activity. Refer to our Visit Us page for more details.

How much is the Adelaide Goal entry fee?

Ticket prices vary depending on the type of tour you would like to take.
Adelaide Gaol History Tours and Adelaide Gaol Twilight Tours are $18 for a child and $25 for adults, Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tours and Adelaide Gaol Murder & Mahem Tours are $35 and Adelaide Gaol Paranormal Investigations $65.00. Book your Adelaide Gaol Tours here

Is there parking at the Adelaide Gaol?

Yes, there is plenty of free parking for cars, buses and coaches.

What does it cost to visit the Adelaide Goal?

Ticket prices vary depending on the type of tour you would like to take. Self-guided tours during the day cost $16.60 per adult and $10.00 per child. Our guided tours from 5.30 pm onwards start at $30 for adults and $20 for children. Check out our tours page LINK for more details and prices on our Adelaide Gaol tours.