School visits

A school excursion to the Adelaide Gaol is a great way to learn about our state’s criminal past. Take a walk through one of Adelaide’s second oldest remaining colonial public buildings and discover what life was like for those who once lived here.

As part of our education program, your school group can be guided through the Gaol from our experienced education officer or you can explore on your own.

To book a guided/self-guided education program please complete the booking form and return to us at DEWNR.AdelaideGaolEducation@sa.gov.au or phone (08) 8231 4062. A minimum of 24 hours’ notice is required for school groups.

Please note for the guided education program we require a minimum of 10 people per tour. 

Self-guided tours are available Monday - Sunday, and education guided programs are available Tuesday - Friday. 

Education resources

We have a number of educational resources to help make the most of your school visit. We recommend that you read the information sheets below prior to your visit. If you have any further questions about your school visit please contact us.

Before your visit 

Read the visit guidelines which outlines the required behaviour and supervision from your group and provides information about what you will need to bring on the day. Please note that teachers are responsible for the safety, behaviour and supervision of students at all times. 

Read about the heritage significance of the Gaol, learn the language of prison and specific terms and view the map in the Adelaide Gaol Education sheet - Pre visit information and activities.

During your visit

For suggested student activities during your visit and general information about the Gaol’s main features and history, teachers should refer to the Adelaide Gaol Trail - a guide for teachers.

A complementary Adelaide Gaol Trail - Student activity booklet is also available for students which provides a number of activities that focus on students’ interests, observation skills and interpretation of the Gaol’s buildings, structures and history.