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J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour
4.5

J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour

By Lantern Ghost Tours
Recommended by 90% of travelers
This number is based on the percentage of all Tripadvisor reviews for this product that have a bubble rating of 4 or higher
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$27.28
per adult
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$27.28
per adult

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Ages 16-99, max of 25 per group
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
English


  • Local guide
  • Live commentary
  • Entry/Admission - Ararat
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Departure details
  • Girdlestone Street, Girdlestone St, Ararat VIC 3377, Australia Please meet at JWard Old Gaol , Girdlestone Street Ararat Victoria
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6024P6

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Children 12 and over must be accompanied by a supervising adult ticket holder
  • Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended
  • The 2-hour tour is mostly indoors with moderate walking and some steps
  • Tours take place in wet weather; in the case of extreme weather, the local tour operator will contact you directly to offer alternative options
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour
  • Social distancing
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour?
J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour price starts from $27.73. Discover and book J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour cancellation policy?
J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour?
J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour is hosted by Lantern Ghost Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Lantern Ghost Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour?
On average, this experience will take approximately 2h. Discover and book J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6024P6

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Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Girdlestone Street
    Girdlestone St, Ararat VIC 3377, Australia
    Please meet at JWard Old Gaol , Girdlestone Street Ararat Victoria
    See address & details
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    J Ward Museum
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Visit Australia's home to the criminally insane, J Ward Lunatic Asylum. Explore the museum followed by a ghost tour of the home of notorious criminals including Chopper Read, Gary Webb and William Wallace. Explore the governor's bathroom, hangman's gallows, original kitchen, showerblock, grave sites, West Wing, J Ward Block, exercise yards and grounds in search of the souls that still linger. Learn of governors whose spirits are still lurking, prisoners buried in the grounds and the many souls trapped within these walls.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

lisamN9668TT
lisamN9668TT
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Enjoyable walking tour for most age groups!
My 79 year old Mum, 11 year old nephew and I did the Ghost Tour in The Rocks last Saturday night, and we all really
friday0206
friday0206
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Nice thing to do in the evening
It’s an interesting perspective to Sydney history and night scene. Though, if you are looking for a really haunting
S80IAthomasf
S80IAthomasf
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Intriguing excitement
I had a great time, my wife and I had a few experiences on the tour and looking back through the photos I took I sp
624taniaj
624taniaj
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Great time.
We took our daughters age 9yrs and 13 on this ghost tour. It was so much fun, Jake was an awesome guide. Definitely
zozos647
zozos647
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There are talking all night so I have to go
Bad walking all night in the street in the end I said I’m going toilet then I lost there no one call me back
V8413CKmargareth
V8413CKmargareth
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Fun Night Out!
We didn't really expect much, but boy was it fun! Jake is a great guide and we saw parts of the Rocks that we've n
934marnii
934marnii
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Highly recommend
My daughter and I went on the Rocks Ghost tour tonight and it was great! Highly recommend! Our tour guide was frien
1_E_m_i_l_y_0
1_E_m_i_l_y_0
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Very intriguing
The tour was fun and informative. Whether you believe in ghosts or not it's a great tour to find out more about Mel
1_E_m_i_l_y_0
1_E_m_i_l_y_0
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Great night out
The food was delicious and the tour was fun and informative. Whether you believe in ghosts or not it's a great tour
Nora C
Nora C
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Very informative ghost tour
Lauren was very clear and concise as she spoke and it was a pleasure to be on the tour. While I am not a believer i
arbanave
arbanave
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Fun night out accidentally learning at the same rime
An interesting way exploring the past in our own backyard and learning about some of the history that is around the
Vicki L
Vicki L
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A great experience
My boyfriend and I had a fun and scary time. The guides were excellent. We would thoroughly recommend.
Cheryl M
Cheryl M
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Enjoyable Ghost Tour
Whether you believe or not the stories were memorable and interesting, loved the history. Excellent guide. Thank yo
traveller1033
traveller1033
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Fun and informative Ghost Tour
Fun tour of Sydney's Rocks area with interesting 'supernatural' stories. It I took three children aged 12, 15 and
Leonie Cooper S
Leonie Cooper S
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Ghostly Experience
Very informative tour about Melbourne's History, our Guide Chloe was very good and looked and sounded like she love
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Kon D
1 contribution
Oct 2022
I loved learning about J Ward from a historical perspective. It's history and the role it has played in terms of housing the "criminally insane" is in itself both sad and compelling. I think that the preservation of the buildings, cells and surrounding structures is paramount to Ararat and it represents a key tourist attraction. I also felt that the building itself is both claustrophobic and disturbing, making the additional "ghost related" activities somewhat unnecessary. The use of diving rods and so on, was I felt a little gimicky and really didn't add to the experience at all. The hosts were fantastic, very knowledgeable and told the story beautifully. I also thought that the scariest person there was the lady who held the keys, didn't speak a word all night, just threw out the odd smile but didn't engage with anybody. Could this be the one and only true ghost at J Ward?
Written November 1, 2022
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thomasab2021
Cranbourne, Australia1 contribution
Mar 2021
It was an interesting history lesson. I felt sad for the inmates but then that was how way-wood criminals were treated back in the time. Interesting hearing about some of the characters that were housed in J ward. We caught a couple of apparitions in a couple of photos that we took.
Written April 4, 2021
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Customer S
Hi Thomas, thanks for your review. It's great to hear you found the history of the venue interesting and you captured some paranormal on camera. We would love to see your photos , details on tickets Happy Haunting!
Written April 6, 2021
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Somapesu
Melbourne, Australia60 contributions
Feb 2021
Our group of 14 did the ghost tour on a Saturday night. We had 2 great guides who were very knowledgeable and really brought the stories from the asylum to life. Everything does seem eerier at night! Highly recommended if you are staying in or around Ararat.
Written April 11, 2021
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Customer S
JWard , what an amazing venue , so glad your group joined us on tour. Something to add to your bucket list to visit , Hope to see you all again on another Lantern Ghost Tour
Written April 12, 2021
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Jan T
Geelong, Australia111 contributions
Feb 2020
Interesting tour, however we were confused with what we had purchased & thought we were meant to be on the Asylum tour. At 9.15 at night we had to drive across town to get to the gaol & then find out even though we had booked & paid, our names werent on the list for that particular night. Another couple that evening also found themselves in the same situation.Guides were knowledgeable,and while its cold & dark , not a spooky evening if thats what your after.
Written April 2, 2020
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Customer S
Good morning Jan , thanks for adding your review . Lantern Ghost Tours staff are not volunteers at all, all staff are paid employees who are trained to host our tours. It can get confusing regarding the two different venues in Ararat , Victoria . At Lantern Ghost Tours we always add all details and send our guests maps to help avoid this happening. If you can please contact our office with more details we would like to see what happened on the evening you attended , details are on your tickets Happy Haunting.
Written May 21, 2020
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MelbourneDebby
Ballarat, Australia3 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
Experience was amazing, the whole family enjoyed the night. Lots of details of life behind the bars of J Ward. Stories of hauntings and terrible tales.
Written April 12, 2021
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Customer S
Thanks for joining us on tour , so great to read your review. JWard is an amazing venue we are happy to hear your family enjoyed the tour Happy Haunting!
Written April 15, 2021
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Bron M
Launceston, Australia92 contributions
Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend you do this tour as well as Aradale. The history behind J-Ward and the inmates is something we should all learn about. Respect the history for the time it was open.
Written April 18, 2023
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Nooshie2014
Melbourne, Australia17 contributions
We enjoyed learning the very tragic history. Particularly the absurd treatment of the men who were sentenced.
The girls who conducted the tour keep close to facts, and had all the tour intrigued with the incidents that have and still occur
Written October 9, 2022
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Debbie N
Bannockburn, Australia59 contributions
Just fascinating. The guides really know the history of J Ward, before when it was a jail and when it became an asylum. Very interesting and informative.
Written June 6, 2022
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Customer S
Hi Debbie, thank you for your review. Wow the history at this venue is amazing , we just love it all. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the tour with us Happy Haunting!
Written July 4, 2022
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Dee-Rich2006
1 contribution
Feb 2021
Night tour its the best ghost tour ive been on yet and i ak coming back on the weekend Saturday night with my sister
Written May 9, 2021
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Customer S
Hi Dee, thanks for your 5 start review on our JWard ghost tour, We will see you & your sister on the weekend Happy Haunting!
Written May 10, 2021
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Jenny N
3 contributions
Mar 2021
Excellent tour, well worth a visit. Very interesting, tour guides were very knowledgeable on history of J Ward and the local area
Written April 4, 2021
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Customer S
Hi there , thanks for attending the JWard Lunatic Asylum ghost tour. JWard is an excellent ghost tour at an amazing venue , we are happy you enjoyed your tour. Happy Haunting!
Written April 4, 2021
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J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour provided by Lantern Ghost Tours