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Maitland Gaol

6-18 John St, East Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales 2323, Australia
+61 2 4936 6482
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So Cool

We went here as a kids church group end of term shindig to play laser skirmish. It is so much fun... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2018
PrincessVino
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Newcastle, Australia
Self guided tour on wet miserable day

Our group of 8 did audio self guided tour through the gaol and we all found it very interesting... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
Colmich
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Newcastle, Australia
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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 St, East Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales 2323, Australia
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+61 2 4936 6482
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Reviewed 13 June 2018

We went here as a kids church group end of term shindig to play laser skirmish. It is so much fun running around the gaol, a little spooky but the kids loved it! Would love to come back and do the guided tour one day

Thank PrincessVino
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Reviewed 12 June 2018

Our group of 8 did audio self guided tour through the gaol and we all found it very interesting. Considering the gaol only closed in the late 90's it was pretty harsh conditions for even the worst criminals. You can take as little or as...More

Thank Colmich
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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Did the Crimes of Passion night tour. Not enough time to stop during the tour and take on photographs. Tour guide was friendly, humorous and extremely knowledgeable, shows a definite passion for what he does.

Thank Shaun S
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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

We picked a miserable wet day to do this visit. It made it a challenge getting around but the site itself is very interesting and the audio assisted information is very well done. Setting you up to go through takes some time, so if it's...More

Thank Christine L M
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

So many things to say about this gaol. 150 years in operation is extraordinary! I attended the 20th anniversary of it's closure this year. An event that was very well attended, If you turn up on the right day a former inmate just might give...More

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

We had a night tour led by an ex inmate. It was fantastic! Our group loved hearing about the jail from this angle. We were engaged throughout the whole tour. Highly recommend.

Thank Stephariffic
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

I went to the Maitland Gaol in a Sunday morning. My auntie and uncle got the tour headset so as we walked around they’d be informed of what was historical about that certain part of the Gaol. They said the tour worked great. I was...More

Thank dak416
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

I love Maitland Gaol I have been on a couple of tours there now they are very interesting and you really find out how the prisoners had to live. I am planning next to do a sleep over tour that would be awesome.

Thank catherine30563
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

We took our our if town visitors for a local sightseeing adventure. We took a tour with an ex con and it was VERY informative. Excellent tourist adventure.

Thank Ann B
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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Went on a recent open day, first time visit. Small events, etc,. We're put on as part of the open day. One of them was an operatic style court hearing. Hardly understood a thing that was said but got the gist of it. Quite funny...More

Thank simplyjewelry
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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
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