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Maitland Gaol

6-18 John Street, East Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales 2323, Australia
+61 2 4936 6482
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An eye-opening experience

The self-guided historical tour of Maitland Gaol is very interesting, allow about 1 1/2 hours to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sydney, Australia
Ghost investigation tour

I have now been to this location a couple of times. Maitland Gaol is a great place for paranormal... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Unlock the gates of Maitland Gaol today, where visitors are invited to 'serve time' learning about the facility, past prisoners and daring escapes. A key anchor attraction of the Hunter, Maitland Gaol housed some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals and has a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years. Open 7 days, Maitland Gaol offers visitors the opportunity to indulge in a world class self guided audio tour. Additionally, themed guided day tours and torchlight tours by night are regularly available and are a great way to interpret this unique attraction. If you have any questions about Maitland Gaol, please contact our Customer Service team. We look forward to welcoming you to Maitland Gaol soon.
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6-18 John Street, East Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales 2323, Australia
+61 2 4936 6482
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The self-guided historical tour of Maitland Gaol is very interesting, allow about 1 1/2 hours to complete. It is quite a sobering experience to enter the cells, which have been left in much the same condition as when they were inhabited by inmates. The architecture...More

Thank mcgirl07
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have now been to this location a couple of times. Maitland Gaol is a great place for paranormal enthusiasts. Arrange a private tour/investigation or join in on an event group night. Get to see gadgets in use to detect any paranormal activity. Worth the...More

Thank Tabytha73
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

Very impressed with the kids matinee movies run at the gaol. They provide bean bags, nibblies are about $3, it's warm and great kids movies. In our case, Ice Age. Will be back!

Thank Dave L
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

We learned a lot visiting this old gaol, which was operational until 1997. They had a children friendly tour, where the kids made a little inmate peg doll before checking out the surrounds. The tour was really appropriate for children - informative but not too...More

Thank Katelander
Reviewed 22 May 2017

What a great experience. So much history here. We loved the self guided tour, and will be traveling back to Maitland to do the torch light tour. Be sure to allow a full 2 hours to complete the self guided tour, this way you are...More

5  Thank Patrick R
Reviewed 23 April 2017

History comes alive when you can be transported to the place and times it happened. The stories of convicts, their crimes, their treatment (sometime cruel and unusual), their escapes and executions, and ultimately the end of an era provide a riveting tale!

Thank Salim J
Reviewed 22 April 2017

We've been to the gaol on several occasions and it is a very sobering experience. The self guided tour was good and easy to use. A couple more language options would be useful. Need at least an hour and a half to comfortably get around....More

Thank plcook93
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I first visited Maitland Gaol within a few months of its decommissioning and opening to the public. At the time I felt as if the residents had just stepped out for a couple of hours, leaving me free to wander around in their absence. There...More

1  Thank Ruth B
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

We did a self guided tour of the jail. ipod and head phones were easy to use. very insightful still seems real. numbers can be confusing for tour. but its definitely enjoyable. great recorded knowledge. staff were friendly. well priced

Thank kmill385
Reviewed 22 March 2017

My son and I had the most wonderful tour of the Maitland Gaol. The gentleman that was our guide gave us a wonderful insight of what life was like being in this institution (by all accounts he had spent some time in the Maitland Gaol...More

Thank marrina60
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Joanne N
1 March 2016|
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Response from GlobalGrappler | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jo, the self guided audio tour is $22 for adults ($16 for concession/children) and runs 10am-3pm. There are other guided tours available for a slightly higher price i.e. $28 Cheers, Marc