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“The Gaol” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Maitland Gaol

Maitland Gaol
6-18 John Street, East Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales 2323 , Australia
02 4936 6482
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: A key anchor attraction of the Hunter, Maitland Gaol has a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years. After housing some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals, Maitland Gaol closed as a Correctional Institution in 1998.The cell doors have now been swung open, with visitors invited to 'serve time' learning about the facility, past prisoners and daring escapes.Open 7 days, Maitland Gaol offers visitors the opportunity to indulge in a world class self-guided audio tour. Additionally, themed-guided tours and torchlight tours by night are regularly available and are a great way to interpret this unique attraction. If you have any questions about Maitland Gaol, please contact our Customer Service team or send us an email and we will be happy to get back to you as soon as possible with the information you require.We look forward to welcoming you to Maitland Gaol soon.
Maitland, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The Gaol”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

Being a local of the area it was great to see this place open to the public. I have been a few times since the opening. Some parts of it aren't open to the public anymore such as the guards tower and the passage way to the court house, would be really good for tousists to see. The place is still great and worth the visit if your in Maitland You. An ex con or ex guard tour is a must especially at dark.

Visited April 2012
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Maitland_Tourism, Product Development Officer at Maitland Gaol, responded to this review, July 16, 2012
Thank you, it’s always great to receive feedback from a local!

While the watch towers would no doubt make a great addition to the public tours, it’s just too dangerous – there was no such thing as OH&S back when they built the steep and narrow staircase inside!

We hear about the ‘passage way’ between the court house and the gaol all the time but, unfortunately, it’s no more than a myth. Although we wish it was true unfortunately no-one has ever managed to find its location, it doesn’t exist on any plans and even our ex-wardens agree that it never existed.
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Dungog, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Social outing for work”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

A very scary place, interesting historical talks, but creepy, the history of the place is very sad.

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6 attraction reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great family attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012 via mobile

We were very impressed with the receptionist and the whole attraction. Allow 2hrs for visit.

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Morpeth, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Will never return!!!!!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

I`m afraid my partner and I can`t write an actual review as we only got to see the outside of the prison.!!! We turned up there about 1.30pm today Saturday 24th of March and the receptionist said hello to my partner and then said hello to someone on the telephone and began a conversation with that person.We walked a few meters down the hall and looked at the artwork on display ,all the while waiting for the receptionist to get off the phone,we are reasonable people but you could tell by the conversation it wasn`t a hurried one nor likely one to be ended soon,so we walked away and we will not return!!! Customer service is apalling and if that lady worked for me I would have sacked her then and there!!!

Visited March 2012
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Newcastle, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A place to reflect”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

A thought provoking, reflective visit to a site we have past many times over the years and wondered what was on the inside. The audio tour took 1.5 hours and visiting during the week ensured we were able to stop and reflect on the conditions and the effect on families. Would recommend a visit by families with teenage children as the impact of a visit would be more powerful than words.

Visited February 2012
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