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Maitland Gaol

Closed Now: 09:00 - 16:00
Open today: 09:00 - 16:00
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a must for visitors

every time we have friends visiting we go and do the tour,very interesting ,it was really good when... read more

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Robert P
Maitland, Australia
Interesting look at local penal history

Took the self guided audio tour, was interesting and informative. Signage and directions left a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mackay, 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...more
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6-18 John St, East Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales 2323, Australia
+61 2 4936 6482
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Reviewed yesterday

every time we have friends visiting we go and do the tour,very interesting ,it was really good when they had ex inmates doing the tours they had some juicy things to tell

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Robert P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took the self guided audio tour, was interesting and informative. Signage and directions left a little to be desired. We saw several people lost although we had no issues. An option for a more in-depth longer tour would be good. If your in the area...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank c3017599
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Well worth a visit. If you can try and do a tour with an ex guard and also an ex prisoner, you will be amazed at the difference in the stories, a good time to visit is when a function is being held, eg. Bitter...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Peter G
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Even though it’s a prison this is a really interesting place to visit. We took the audio tour and the content was very comprehensive. The gaol has a very interesting history and the audio tour explains it very well. My only criticism is that the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 371stephenh
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

We did the self guided tour which was easy to follow The jail was very interesting and a lit smaller inside than i thought

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GrandTour668188
Reviewed 8 October 2018

This was a fantastic place to visit, there are day tours,night tours or overnight tours for the very brave. Your Guide tells stories of the inmates, especially the high security ones, a look at the cells and general area.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank betty462018
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Easy parking in a relaxed part of Maitland We did the self guided tour which includes map and audio guide via supplied easy to use iPod. the locations are marked with numbers so you can find the relevant guide in the iPod, also has a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

We experienced the self guided tour. Reasonably priced and very informative with current technology. The gaol has interesting history and the stories are there in the telling and in the visual display surrounding you. Staff are helpful and a souvenir shop available if you feel...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dan106
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

What a great thing to do. Took my 11 year old son and we both did the self guided tour. A real eye opener into past and modern prison life. I wouldn’t have wanted to be incarcerated here that’s for sure. Loved it.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank julianhofer
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Our kids were bored during the school holidays so my husband took them to Maitland Goal for a Self Guided Tour. They had a lot of fun and enjoyed their own listening device walking around at there own pace. There was lots of fun and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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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