Adelaide Gaol, Thebarton

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Made famous by several alleged ghost sightings, Adelaide Gaol was the first permanent prison in South Australia, in operation from 1841 to 1988. The main prison building is one of the oldest structures in this part of the country. Now operating as a museum and a popular tourist attraction, the site introduces visitors to the harshness of inmate life and sheds light on the story of some of Australia’s first European settlers. Enjoy a self-guided tour of this old prison, and learn all about the seven public hangings held here in 1840, while the buildings were still under construction. Visit the prison’s "Hanging Tower," where the last four executions occurred before capital punishment was abolished in 1976. To visit Adelaide Gaol and other attractions in West Torrens, use our West Torrens trip itinerary planning site .
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  • Wow, was quite amazed at this beautiful old jail, very interesting to read all the plaques along the back wall of executed prisoners crimes. Worth a visit if you have few hours to spare.  more »
  • The Gaol is open at 10am-4pm. We paid $12.50 for concession each. We were given a map of the jail and a 3 min chat and off we went. We took 2 and a half hours walking (easy walk, all on the one level)...  more »
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  • Had a great family trip. A special "Escape the gaol" puzzle trail was on which the kids loved. And we adults found the history, stories, and exhibits fascinating. Wonderful staff too.
  • Great Ghost tour. Well worth the visit. Fantastic guide. Great stories and excellent knowledge.

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