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Adelaide Gaol
Adelaide Gaol

Adelaide Gaol

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18 Gaol Rd , Thebarton, Australia, SA 5031

The Basics

Explore the interactive exhibition at Adelaide Gaol, then wander the gloomy halls and cells on a self-guided tour, or book a dedicated history tour. Alternatively, visit the site at night for an atmospheric Adelaide ghost tour. More than 10 spirits are believed to haunt the jail, where 45 prisoners were hanged, while the prison’s graveyard is known as Murderer’s Row.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Adelaide

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Great tour at one of the most eerie places in Australia!
BillieJo_L, Jul 2021
Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour and Paranormal Investigation
Our guide was excellent. Really enjoyed reading the stories of individual prisoners on the cell walls! Lots of interesting facts and there’s no doubt it’s a legitimately spooky site… with last night’s wet and windy weather it was the perfect atmosphere 👌🏼 Would definitely recommend this tour!
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Great experience. Would recommend.
Troy, Jul 2021
Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour and Paranormal Investigation
Not sure what to expect after mixed reviews. Was not disappointed, the guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the prison. We had a great time using the detection equipment as well. Great activity inside of the new area with orb activity viewed on our phone and to the naked eye. Would definitely recommend a visit. If you’re just going there for ghost hunting you’ll be disappointed because that only happens twice during the two hour tour. But if you enjoy the history side then it’s great value for money. One suggestion would be to spend a bit longer in the new section and use a range of the detection equipment, but that’s my only suggestion.
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999, Mar 2020
Adelaide Gaol Ghost Tour and Paranormal Investigation
Our hosts were very knowledgeable and it was a very enjoyable night we used electronic devices and divinity rods and temperature meters

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Adelaide Gaol is a must for history buffs and fans of the paranormal.

  • With plenty of activities for kids, Adelaide Gaol is a great family option during the day. Ghost tours are only suitable for adults.

  • Children aged 4 to 15, seniors over age 65, families, large groups, and Australian concession card holders enjoy discounted entrance to Adelaide Gaol.

  • The jail has been adapted to allow visitors wheelchair access and offers free parking.

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How to Get There

Adelaide Gaol stands just northwest of central Adelaide, around 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from Victoria Square. It’s about a 0.5-mile (1-kilometer) walk from the Royal Adelaide Hospital stop on the Glenelg Tram, which is free within the city center. A wealth of buses run to Stop 1 Port Road, a 5-minute walk from the jail, including the 286 and 288 from North Terrace.

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When to Get There

Adelaide Gaol is open from late morning to early afternoon seven days a week, closing on Good Friday (the Friday before Easter) and Christmas Day. Visit midweek during the South Australian school summer vacation in late December, January, and early February. Adelaide Gaol ghost tours operate in the evenings: Join one that departs after sunset for a more atmospheric experience.

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The Ghosts of Adelaide Gaol

Some consider Adelaide Gaol one of Australia’s most haunted places, and ghost sightings are common. Unquiet spirits include: Fred Carr, hanged in 1927 for murdering his wife, an act he denied to the end; William Baker Ashton, the jail’s first governor, who died under false suspicion of wrongdoing; and 19th-century hangman Ben Ellis, who hanged the only woman ever executed in South Australia.

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