Fremantle Prison, Fremantle

On the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of 11 Australian Convict Sites, Fremantle Prison paints a vivid image of the country's penal-colony history. Convicts built the prison in the 1850s. Today you can explore the prison on a guided tour, including a torch-lit option. Navigate tunnels 20 m (65 ft) beneath the ground on foot and by boat. The prison art gallery sells pieces created by current and ex-prisoners in Western Australia. Plan your Fremantle Prison visit and explore what else you can see and do in Fremantle using our Fremantle online trip maker .
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  • We went on the guided tour of the prison and shuddered to think of those inmates sleeping on hammocks in tiny cells. We saw the hanging room where the noose was replaced after each event, and the fram...  more »
  • We basically visited the prison because Fremantle market was shut and it was raining so we couldn’t find much to do! I was therefore a bit pessimistic about visiting a prison and discussing the humani...  more »
  • I visited in April when over on holiday from England with my son. We chose the true crime tour and was very disappointed! It all seemed very rushed and looking at other reviews and photos I can see we...  more »
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  • We went on the True Crime tour. The guide, Steven was next level. It was like he was living the part, drawing from deep within to tell the story. The subtle hand movements, the shifting feet. What a performance! What a champ! We love you Steve.
  • Did the tunnel tour with my wife, our two boys and a friend of my youngest son. The youngest son and his friend are both 12 years old. We all found the tour both interesting and entertaining. Just be mindful of the fact that you climb down 20 metres on three flights of vertical ladders (with safety harnesses). Then an hour or so later after much walking, stooping and paddling, you have to climb back up 20 metres of ladders. I would definitely do it again and it is a memorable experience for visitors.
  • Bit of a disappointing tour, having been to Adelaide gaol already which had a really good self guided tour and you could see the whole gaol this was a bit of a let down. They have 3 different tours that have different focuses and see different parts of the prison. Unfornuate not to see all of the prison and this seems as a money spinning decision to get people to pay for more tours. The tour I went on was OK, the guide was trying really hard to get into it and being super enthusiastic to the point of being disingenuous and came across as fake; it was quite grating towards the end, especially with really strange intonation and varying in voice pitch, it just wasn't natural and put me off. It could be a great museum because the prison is huge with interesting history. Can't recommend at the moment. Also have to pay for parking. Not a cheap day out.
  • Was a great way to spend a couple hours. Well worth a look. Tour guides were great atmosphere wise but didn't seem to have any knowledge outside their talk. Couldn't answer many of our questions.
  • This was an actual early prison that was converted into a heritage site for visitors. The tour guide was good and able to explain the conditions faced by the early convicts. It was an eye-opener to the historic site.

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