School Holiday Activities

Adelaide Gaol Escape Trail 

2 January 2019 - 3 February 2019

Looking for some head scratching fun these school holidays? 

Adelaide Gaol will be hosting a one of a kind experience, providing children with the chance to hatch the perfect plan and escape the Gaol walls.

Upon arrival children will be inducted into the Gaol, where they will have their mugshot taken and become an Adelaide Gaol ‘prisoner’. As they explore the Gaol they will need to solve a number of clues, with each clue providing a letter that will lead them to freedom….just watch out for the guards as you go!   

Since its opening in 1841, Adelaide Gaol has housed approximately 300,000 prisoners. With a number of famous escapes – including one ingenious (though unsuccessful) attempt in 1983, where a prisoner took his pyjama coat to an art class and painted it to resemble an officer’s uniform. To add to his ensemble, he even created an impressive officer cap out of a biscuit box! 

If your child would like to hatch their own escape plan, head down to Adelaide Gaol between the 2nd of January and 3rd of February 2019. 


How do I book the Adelaide Gaol Escape Trail?

Bookings are not required. We are open every day between 10am – 4pm (last entry 3pm). 

What does the Escape Trail cost?

The activity is free with entry. View entry fees here.

What session times are available?  

The activity is self-guided, allowing children to participate at any time between 10am – 4pm. 

How long does the activity take?

We recommend allowing approximately 1 hour for the activity, however there is so much to see at Adelaide Gaol you could easily spend an additional 1 – 2 hours exploring afterwards.   

What age is the activity recommended for?

The activity is suitable for all ages, with a modified activity available for younger children.  

What should I bring? 

Adelaide Gaol has plenty of indoor space and shade, however you may want to bring a hat, water and sunscreen on warmer days.