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Self-Guided Tour of Adelaide Gaol

Adelaide, SA - Show on map
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$15 each
1 Adult
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  • Discover the hidden stories of Adelaide Gaol's criminal history
  • Enter an interactive exhibition and touch the artefacts that were once used during Adelaide Gaol's operational life
  • A very informative and unique insight into prison life

Take a step back in time and discover what life was like as a criminal within the infamous Adelaide Gaol walls. Try on hand cuffs and leg irons, sit in the cell of condemned prisoners and visit the prisoner graves within the grounds of Adelaide Gaol. There's so much history waiting to be discovered!

What's Included?

  • Entry to the Adelaide Gaol
  • Self-guided tour

With almost 150 grueling years of operation, Adelaide Gaol offers a wealth of history. Open from 1841 to 1988, the Gaol was one of Australia’s longest continuously operational prisons, housing some of the state’s most notorious and dangerous criminals. Almost 300,000 prisoners called this intriguing place home and 45 prisoners were executed, including the only woman to be executed in South Australia. Find your way within these eerie walls on this self-guided tour and undercover the hidden stories of South Australia’s criminal past. Let your imagination run wild as you picture what daily prison life would have been like. Visit the interactive exhibition where you can touch artefacts that were used all those years ago. Try on handcuffs and leg irons to get a feel of what it was like to wear them and try to unpick the locks to discover how hard it would be to escape! If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of one of their ghostly sightings.

Session Length

  • Please allow between 90 minutes to two hours for the duration of this experience. Self-guided tours are not limited to time
  • Available seven days a week between 10am - 4pm
  • Last entry for the self-guided tour is 3pm
  • Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day


A valid form of ID is required for concession rates


  • A valid form of ID is required for concession rates


Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to this policy:


This experience is not effected by weather. Umbrellas are available for purchase should the weather be wet, although most of the tour is under cover.

Dress Code

In the summer the Gaol yards can get very hot, please ensure you have appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the heat. It is recommended to wear a hat and sunscreen. The Gaol shop provides a variety of refreshments for keeping cool.

Other Info

Shaded picnic areas and wheelchair access are available to help make your visit to Adelaide Gaol more pleasant and accessible.

This experience takes place in Thebarton, Adelaide.