Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison

Fremantle Prison
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
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Jenni S
Leeds, UK12 contributions
Couples
A must visit if you're in the Perth/Fremantle area. Really interesting place and a very well-informed tour guide. We've done a couple of prison tours in other countries before and found this one tops them!
Written August 11, 2022
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Hooverfan1
Brisbane, Australia28 contributions
Even in a town packed full of fabulous historical buildings, the prison is a standout that simply has to be experienced.
Make sure you take a tour so you can learn more about its long history and understand a little of what it might have been like to be incarcerated here.
Written August 8, 2022
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Rdwarf
Melbourne, Australia97 contributions
Very helpful and well informed narrative during our tour of the gaol. And it was very interesting too! Well put together with add on options. If curious - go and find out!
Written August 6, 2022
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Kylie C
78 contributions
Couples
We decided to visit Fremantle prison on the whim and so glad we did. The tour guide was great and had so much to share. Highly recommended
Written August 5, 2022
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Franziska K
Mulhouse, France110 contributions
Impressive tour in an old prison. The tour guide was great and made as feel like 30 years ago when the prison was still open. We did the classic inside tour, perfect for family with kids. The kids enjoyed as much as us. Recommended when you visit Freemantle.
Written July 31, 2022
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Sarah M
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Couples
If you are visiting Fremantle you must visit the old Fremantle Prison.
All of the staff are friendly and informative. The true crimes tour with Ken was very interesting, and we loved the stories Ken shared with us.
The highlight of our visit was the tunnels tour. Or tour guide Benny was enthusiastic and entertaining, and his knowledge was amazing.
Would definitely visit again!
Written July 15, 2022
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rob3170
Melbourne, Australia2,259 contributions
I really wanted to enjoy the Torchlight Tour. I've done many similar types of tours at prisons and asylums around Australia and the world, and this was one that sadly did not live up to what was promised.

The guide gave off a "Going through the motions" vibe. The group was big, too big really. Being school holidays there were many families, and hence perhaps the content was toned down. It wasn't scary, there was no real atmosphere and it just wasn't what I expected or desired overall.

I think perhaps this might be due to my expectations being different from what was actually on offer. I was anticipating more of a Ghost Tour type of experience, what I got was a historical tour with a couple of ghost stories - but when the "Scariest" experience related is that of a guard seeing a figure in a guard tower with no real further info or explanation, I knew it wasn't going to be terribly scary.

Don't get me wrong - it was a good historical tour. Mostly. I learned a lot, I saw virtually all of the prison. But it just wasn't what I expected.

Oh, and not to give much away, but the "encounters" on the tour added nothing, and in fact really detracted from it.

As a result of doing the night tour, I didn't bother going back for a day time tour - I felt I wasn't going to see or learn anything more.

Summary: Not a ghost tour. It's a historical tour by night.
Written July 14, 2022
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D-towner R
Darwin, Australia122 contributions
Family
This was a fabulous evening! We went as an extended family of 8, including with a 13 and 11 year old. Our guide Simon was fabulous! He was informative, funny, kept everyone enthralled on the tour and ensured we all had a safe and enjoyable time. The tour showed us through the many levels/sections of the prison and provided stories and insights of the prison and prisoners along the way. There are actors scattered throughout the tour that spring up at times and these were great - the kids enjoyed listening to their stories and how they interacted with the tour participants. Keep up the great work!
Written July 11, 2022
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Phil H
Geelong, Australia54 contributions
We enjoyed our night tour of the Fremantle Prison. Wish we had time to do the full tour and hopefully come back some day to do the tunnel tour.
Written July 3, 2022
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Aaron R
4 contributions
Business
We had an entertaining whilst informative night/torchlight tour on Friday. Thank you Justin for your excellent guidance and story telling. Made the evening. Cheers
Written July 2, 2022
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