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Review of Maitland Gaol

Maitland Gaol
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Unlock the gates of Maitland Gaol today, where visitors are invited to 'serve time' learning about the facility, past prisoners and daring escapes. A key anchor attraction of the Hunter, Maitland Gaol housed some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals and has a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years. Open 7 days, Maitland Gaol offers visitors the opportunity to indulge in a world class self guided audio tour. Additionally, themed guided day 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. We look forward to welcoming you to Maitland Gaol soon.
Newcastle, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2014

Kids enjoyed the experience and tour the found it very interesting seeing inside a jail that they drive by all the time

Visited November 2013
Thank Blewbay
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English first
2 reviews
“Great experience”
Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

Me and my beloved one enjoyed the tour in maitland goal. Its an educational experienced tour. Was really good and the introducing was impressive!!

Thank Sindy H
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Penrith, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Paracon and maitland goal a match made perfect”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

I attended paracon Australia conference at maitland goal and it was the perfect location. All buildings were close if not original. The history shared was fascinating and the team at the goal was great and very helpful with all enquiries. They were also very interested in what all attendees had to share with them as well. I would love to go back again!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Tina L
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Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Wow! So cool!”
Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed the tour with Ray the tour guide. He certainly knows his stuff. There were some kids on the tour around the ages of 8-11. They also listened to the stories in awe. Beware some of the stories although incredibly chilling were candid and in this case toned down for the youngsters. The history of this place is incredible and it highlights just how pampered prisoners are today, shamefully. No such luxuries in Maitland Gaol. Highly recommend this tour and take a look at the night tour too it looks frighteningly fantastic if you dare. Ray even said how recently an 18yo celebrated his party there at full capacity, loud with bands and a DJ. Good thing was once all were in, no-one cpuld leave and absolutely no Gate crashers could get in either! Cant buy that kind of security these days.....or can you. Consider this tour - its really great.

1 Thank travelbug I
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A great way to spend a couple of hours”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

A bit off the beaten track but worth a look. A must for any parent to show there kids where you don't want to end up. Only down point is that you are not able to go into a guard tower for a look.

Visited April 2014
Thank Dave R
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