Take a step back in time and discover what life was like as a criminal within the infamous Adelaide Gaol walls. Try on hand cuffs and leg irons, sit in the cell of condemned prisoners and visit the prisoner graves within the grounds of Adelaide Gaol. There's so much history waiting to be discovered!
True crime podcasts and documentaries are like a gateway to seeking out macabre sights in real life, like Adelaide Gaol. The historic gaol has a long, grim, history, and you can feed your morbid fascination with a visit.
Adelaide Gaol was one of the longest continuously operational prisons in Australia. From 1841 to 1988, it housed some of the state’s most dangerous and notorious criminals and saw a lot of unsavoury things go down. In fact, during the gaol’s nearly 150 years of operation, almost 300,000 prisoners called it home and 45 prisoners were executed. That includes the only woman to ever be executed in South Australia. So, if you’re up for eerie prison stories, this is for you.
You’ll be able to wander through the cells of condemned prisoners on your self-guided tour, and explore the graves within the Adelaide Gaol grounds. There’s also an interactive exhibition where you can handle prison artefacts that were used at the gaol in its time. Try on handcuffs, walk around with leg irons, and see if you can unpick the prison locks. There’s a lot of South Australia’s dark criminal past that’s held within the cell walls of Adelaide Gaol, so prepare for a unique, discomforting experience that gets your blood pumping.