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Visiting details…

Where is the Gaol?
The Adelaide Gaol is located in Adelaide’s north western parklands at:
18 Gaol Road,
Thebarton.

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.

History Tours:

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.
Guided History Tours usually take around ninety (90) minutes and can also be arranged for your social group or club.
School and disability groups are also welcome. The Gaol does provide wheelchair access.
Bookings are always essential.

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Ghost Tours:

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 and we keep our stories fresh and up to date as well as retelling stories of old sightings.
Maximum group size for night tours is 20 people and tours usually take around two (2) hours.
Ghost tours are not suitable for visitors under 16 years of age.
Bookings are essential.

Private Ghost Tours can be arranged for clubs and social groups

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Museum

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 artifacts 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 Society Inc.

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

Throughout the year, there may be a number of events run by the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources and/or the Adelaide Gaol Preservation Society Inc. These events are designed to promote the Gaol’s facilities and increase awareness of its value in our heritage.