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Fremantle Prison

1 The Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
08-9336-9200
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Ranked #1 of 20 attractions in Fremantle
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia’s premier tourist attractions and the only World Heritage listed building in the State.The Prison was... more » Owner description: Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia’s premier tourist attractions and the only World Heritage listed building in the State.The Prison was built by convicts in the 1850s and was used as a place of incarceration for almost 140 years. With solitary cells and gallows Fremantle Prison is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent. Fremantle Prison now holds the key to history, mystery and fun. Step inside and do time with experienced guides on a fascinating Prison Day Tour. Explore the labyrinth of tunnels 20m beneath the Prison by foot and by boat on a Tunnels Tour adventure. Feeling brave? Delve into the darker side of the Prison’s history on an eerie Torchlight Tour. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We did the Doing Time tour with Brendan, and it was great! Not a cheerful place to visit, but a fascinating piece of Australian history really well presented. The prison was built by British convicts in the 1850s and used until 1991, so there is a lot to see and hear. This tour takes you from the admissions area to... More

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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Went to the prison for the first time and as there are a few different tours, we chose the doing time tour. You can go to the web site and choose yours and times are listed to help with your plans. There is parking at the top (for a fee). The guide was really informative and we really got a... More

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Christchurch
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We cauight the train from Perth, then used a Red Cat bus (free) to get to the prison. We did the basic day-time tour, and our guide was Brendan, who was both informative and funny. Well worth the visit - prisoners did it tough in those days !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

My husband and 12yo son attended 'Doing time' tour run at Fremantle prison. This is our first time to Freo and our knowledge of WA history is sketchy. Janine our tour guide was warm and friendly, entertaining and informative. At no time were we bored or wishing it was over. My son hasn't stopped talking about the info she shared... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This tour was fantastic. Our tour guide Sarah was fantastic and highly entertaining. My 8 and 10 year old were enthralled and loved being whipped with the catoninetails.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The tour was very interesting with lots of history and detail of the prison. Our guide was Brendan who was hilarious and added lots of humour to the history. You got a great feel for how tough the conditions were for the prisoners. Highly recommend the prison for a great way to spend a couple of hours in Fremantle

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

we did the Discovery tour which lasted 1.5 hours. Our guide (Moira) was very informative and after she had treated the men like prisoners took us around. She showed us the parts of the prison and explkained when where and how. at the end we flet like we had a good idea what life was like for the prisoners

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Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

The prison tour I did was very interesting and brought you back a bit in history even though you also see that it's not even that long ago when this whole site closed. The first tour definitely makes you curious for the other special tours. Unfortunately I didn't have time for it but I guess that would be great fun... More

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Well having lived in Perth for a few years now I decided that I should do the Freo prison tour. I found this tour to be very interesting and the guides very knowledgeable about all the things that had happened during the time that it was open. The fact that they housed people in such small cells for such extended... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed the tour of the Fremantle Prison and our guide Sarah was not only very informative but also really conveyed the emotion of this place. It was interesting to see the cells set up from the various time periods and really cool to see the cell with the art work done by a prisoner. We really wanted to... More

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