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“Great activity for a rainy day” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison
1 The Terrace | Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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Ranked #1 of 20 attractions in Fremantle
Type: Historic Sites
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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.
Grafton, Australia
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“Great activity for a rainy day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We hadn't planned on touring Fremantle Prison, but our plans had fallen through due to rain, and we had driven past the prison and thought we'd give it a go. We arrived just a bit late for the first tour, but they kindly led us to the group and let us join. All the staff we met were so lovely and happy. They really made the whole experience just so lovely.
Our tour guide was animated and really seemed to love what he did, and he appealed to all age groups.
The history and architecture was fascinating and the tour guide (I think his name was Matthew) did everything to make sure we were all involved with the tour.
I would have loved to have done the tunnel tour as well, but unfortunetly we weren't able to afford it.
Definitely check it out if you're in the area!

Visited May 2013
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FremantlePrison, Marketing and Events Manager at Fremantle Prison, responded to this review, May 28, 2013
Hi JacUlmarra,

Thank you for taking the time to submit your review.

Our staff will be so happy you to know that you enjoyed your experience at Fremantle Prison. I will be sure to pass your comments onto your Tour Guide Matthew. It is a shame you did not have an opportunity to complete one of our Tunnels Tours, although I am sure it will be on your to do list if you ever find yourself in WA again.
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“A fantastic tour of Fremantle Prison”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

I really enjoyed this tour of Fremantle Prison. The tour guide gave a very informative tour of the whole prison including death row and the gallows. I have been to Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco and the Fremantle Prison was just as interesting and probably a better more informative tour. This is a must do when you are visiting Perth in Western Australia.

Visited October 2012
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FremantlePrison, Marketing and Events Manager at Fremantle Prison, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
Hi Agro_Sydney,

We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to Fremantle Prison. It is nice to hear that you think we are holding our own against Alcatraz, perhaps the most famous prison museum in the world. We hope to see you again if you ever find yourself back in WA. Being from Sydney you should definitely check out Old Government House and Domain, Hyde Park Barracks, Cockatoo Island Convict Site and the Old Great North Road, all co-listed with Fremantle Prison as part of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage serial listing. (Love the profile picture too..!)
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Loved this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

We had a great tour, I wish we had more time - the tunnel experience looks fantastic. There is a lot to take in. If you don't have the time or your budget doesn't extend to the tour (although they are well worth it!) then there are some free attractions, museums and a gallery to view. We regretted not getting the package tour - if you have children aged 8+ I think the tour is a good length and will keep them interested.

Visited May 2013
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Mandurah, Australia
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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

I have been here several times, both with school groups and family. A must to visit for overseas visitors if they want to learn about early Australia although you should be prepared for this discomforting experience.

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“Probably one of the main attractions in Fremantle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

When in Fremantle, a top sight to see is the prison. Taking a guided tour of the area, you can hear the various stories of escape and imprisonment which gives the place an even more erie feeling - especially death row!

Just a tip - just buy a ticket for the daring escapes tour and not the package tour as you might find some duplication of both tours and you can save some money this way.

In general, Fremantle is a relaxing, easy going town, a nice contrast to the hustle and bustle of Perth CBD and is easy to get to from CBD - just take the Fremantle train line and get off at the last stop. This is approx 30 min ride but is not expensive - $4 one way. When in Fremantle, make sure you check out the prison!

Visited May 2013
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FremantlePrison, Marketing and Events Manager at Fremantle Prison, responded to this review, May 21, 2013
Hi guch007,

Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your tour/s with us.

I would just like to assure you that there should definitely be no cross over between the areas visited or information contained in the Doing Time and Great Escapes tours. These tours can currently be purchased individually for $19.00 (full priced adult) or together as the Day Tour Package for $26.00. At a combined tour time of 2.5 hours, we think this is great value for people who want to visit and learn as much about the Prison’s history as possible. Once again I thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback, it is great to know you think a visit to Fremantle Prison is a ‘must do’ activity for people visiting Perth.
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