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J Ward Museum Complex

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Address: Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
Phone Number: (03) 5352 3357
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Great tour

We were welcomed by very friendly staff (volunteers). Entrance fee was cheap and goes back in to the upkeep. Wally our tour guide was very informative and happy to answer... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Vicki A
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were welcomed by very friendly staff (volunteers). Entrance fee was cheap and goes back in to the upkeep. Wally our tour guide was very informative and happy to answer questions. The cafe was cheap and staff (volunteers) were friendly and eager to please. Nothing was too much trouble of anyone. Overall, great tour and very interesting

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Thank Vicki A
Moe, Australia
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, especially the history buffs. There is so much history in this place as it was used as a prison for 25 years before it became J Ward. Having a tour guide that is a former staff member was an amazing bonus as George was able to relay stories in a first hand... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was as amazing I will be back and would recommend to everyone I recommend this to young and older family's great history keep up the good work to everyone there

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Thank Keith M
Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Would absolutely recommended this tour. It is an eye opener to one of Ararat history. I had John as my guide and I would say that it is one of the best guided tour that I have been on. The best $15 dollars I spent so far. Downside: Please bring cash - they have a atm machine in the lobby... More 

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Thank lynhsk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic Highly recommend this incredibly informative and interesting tour. One of the best guided tours I have done in years. $15 for adult entry for a personally guided tour with an expert guide. John was phenomenal and incredibly knowledgable. The tour covers a lot of ground and you get a chance to walk into the rooms & exhibits John... More 

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Thank Bristraveller3870
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Myself and my partner went here and were the only two on that specific tour, which I'm quite glad about really. We were showed around and any questions answered as and when we wanted. I was in absolute awe at this place and it was one of the best $15 I've ever spent. The history of the place was brilliant... More 

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Thank JoelyRoely
Somerville , Victoria Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

This was my third time to J Ward, ever visit is a different experience, Ron our guide was excellent. I would highly recommend a visit .

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Thank Wendy G
Geelong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

J Ward was a jail then a mental asylum. We did a tour and because it was mid week there was only my husband & myself with the guide. The tour takes about 1 1/2 hours. The guide was very informative and answered all our questions. the price was reasonable & I would recommend this tour.

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Thank Yvonne B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

The Friends of J Ward helped my group of 6 after another local tour company cancelled our pre-booked tour on the day with no notice. We were so lucky to be able to do the J Ward tour instead, it was simply brilliant, one I would do again in a heartbeat. Our guide Doug was knowledgable, enthusiastic and made the... More 

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Thank Gus T
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This is a really interesting tour. It takes about One and a half hours and then you are welcome to wander through again by yourself which would give more time to read plaques etc that have lots of information. Our tour guide John was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable entertaining, had a real passion for the place with some very... More 

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