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Journey through time at Adelaide Gaol's History Day

29 Apr. 2024 2 min read

For one day only Adelaide Gaol will be creaking open its doors to areas usually closed to visitors.

Adelaide Gaol, often whispered as one of South Australia's eeriest landmarks, has housed some of the state's most notorious felons. As one of the oldest remaining colonial public buildings in Adelaide, the site was open for business from 1841 to 1988, marking it as one of Australia's longest continuously operational prison facilities.

As part of South Australia’s History Festival the gaol will host ‘History Day’ on Sunday 19 May from 10am – 4pm.

Special discounted entry will be on offer for just $5.90 per person (free for kids aged 0-3).

Journey through time at Adelaide Gaol's History Day
Records documenting hunger strikes will be on display.

Intrigued? Here’s what’s in store:

Step inside the gaol's kitchen and laundry, and get a rare glimpse into the daily lives of those who lived and worked within these walls. These areas are typically closed to visitors so don’t miss you chance to peek inside!

The gaol will also be unveiling an exclusive Archive Exhibition for the very first time. Delve into a treasure trove of items that have laid hidden within the archive room, including guard uniforms, a hunger strike archive book and old photos.

And they haven't forgotten about their younger visitors. Kids can revel in a variety of lawn games and specially designed activities, ensuring a fun and engaging day out for the entire family.

Journey through time at Adelaide Gaol's History Day
Old guard unforms and photos from the archive room

Getting there:

Please plan your visit with care, as parking is limited due to ongoing construction at the new Women's and Children's Hospital. Visitors are strongly encouraged to use public transport to make your visit as smooth as possible.

Find more information on getting to Adelaide Gaol, including updates on parking and public transport options: Adelaide Gaol | History Day at Adelaide Gaol

Don't miss this unique opportunity to step behind the scenes at one of Adelaide's most historic sites.

Whether you're a history buff, looking for a family day out, or simply curious, Adelaide Gaol's History Day is for everyone.

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