Adelaide Gaol Visitor information

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Experience what life was like behind bars for the prisoners who once called Adelaide Gaol their home. Open for business from 1841 to 1988, Adelaide Gaol was one of Australia's longest continuously operational prison facilities.

Over those gruelling 147 years, Adelaide Gaol housed some of the state's most notorious and dangerous criminals. Almost 300,000 prisoners whiled away some time at His (or Her) Majesty's pleasure, and 45 unfortunates were executed within its walls, including the only woman to be executed in South Australia.

Step back in time and walk the hallways and cells of South Australia's first inmates. Experience what daily life in prison was really like. Wander along, lost in your own imagination and visit our interactive exhibition. If you're really lucky, you may catch a glimpse of one of our ghostly sightings.

Download a map of Adelaide Gaol.

Adelaide Gaol Opening times

10am - 4pm - 7 days a week
Last entry for self-guided tours is at 3.00pm

Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Adelaide Gaol Address

18 Gaol Road
Adelaide SA 5000

Getting to Adelaide Gaol


Bus services frequently stop at Stop 1 Port Road, which is a short walk from Adelaide Gaol via Gaol Road. Plan your trip to Adelaide Gaol bus stop.


Nearby tram stops are located on the corner of West Terrace and North Terrace or adjacent to George Street, Thebarton.


Free parking is available for cars and coaches. Please note there is no right turn into Gaol Road from the city. For ease of access from the city take Sir Donald Bradman Drive and turn right onto James Congdon Drive, right onto Port Road and left into Gaol Road by the Thebarton Police Barracks.

How much does it cost to get in to Adelaide Gaol?

Entry fees

Entry ticket Self-guided day tours



Child (aged 4 - 15)


Concession* (on presentation of Australian concession card*)


Senior (on presentation of Australian Seniors card)   $13.50

Family** (2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and 3 children)


Group entry - adult (minimum of 10 people) $13.50
Group entry - child (minimum of 10 people) $6.50 

* Concession - Seniors Card, SA State Concession Card, Health Care Card, full-time Australian secondary or tertiary student card and Commonwealth Seniors Health Benefit Card or Pensioner Concession Card.

** Family - 2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and 3 children. Any additional children to be charged at 50% of child rate (maximum of 5 children).

Prices are subject to change. Shaded picnic areas and wheelchair access are available.

What's available at Adelaide Gaol?

• Adelaide Gaol has a variety of food and drink options, including freshly made coffee, toasted sandwiches and plenty of treats for kids. Seating is available within the retail area and picnic tables are available outdoors.

• Our Retail Shop features a range of souvenirs, including clothing, children’s toys and unique South Australian mementos. A number of books are also stocked which explore South Australia’s history, crimes and the various characters who passed through the Gaol walls. 

If you would like more details about books stocked at Adelaide Gaol, please contact us