Visitor information

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

Over those gruelling 147 years, the 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 residents.

Download a map of the 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


Gaol Road
Thebarton SA 5031

Getting there


Bus services frequently stop at Stop 1 Port Road, which is a short walk from the Gaol via Gaol Road. To plan your trip to the Adelaide Gaol bus stop or receive updated arrival times visit:


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.

Entry fees

Entry ticket Self-guided day tours



Child (15 and under)




Senior (65 years and over)   $12.50

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


Group entry - adult (minimum of 10 people) $12.50
Group entry - child (minimum of 10 people) $6.00 

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