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“Family Outing”
Review of The Lock-Up

The Lock-Up
Ranked #25 of 79 things to do in Newcastle
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Owner description: Located in the heart of Newcastle’s heritage precinct in the city's original Police Station and Lock-Up, The Lock-Up Cultural Centre combines a museum with heritage cells, art gallery and artist-in-residence program to create a unique destination with a range of cultural activities not offered anywhere else in Newcastle or the Hunter Valley.
Newcastle, Australia
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114 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Family Outing”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Took my lil family and the kids found it interesting. It was one of many free activities around Newcastle .

Visited March 2013
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Huntervalley
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Great Experience”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

I took my 3 grandchildren under 11yrs for a visit. The children were delighted & looked in every nook . They read all the information & even participated in the written questionnaire. The children still talk of their visit & have even asked their teachers if it can be included in their Newcastle excursion. The lock-up is a great experience. The area is small so only small gatherings at a time. I would recommend to all school children & those interested in Newcastle Heritage. There is also an Art Gallery in the area.

Visited January 2013
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Newcastle, Australia
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51 reviews
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“Nice to see History Preserved”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

This is a welcome change to find an historical building in Newcastle preserved and on display. The exhibitions were informative. Great to look through the old cells and exercise yard. The volunteer staff were exceptionally friendly and most informative. Thanks.

Visited September 2012
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Thank sunnyandbright
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Sydney, Australia
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356 reviews
158 attraction reviews
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“Great escape!”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

For a gold coin donation, we thought this attraction is a MUST for anyone visiting Newcastle city. We spent our time wandering through the cells and exercise yard and it was as if they had been closed yesterday .. still as they were, bar a little worse for wear. The historic "padded cell" is the only one like it and is heritage-listed. There's law enforcement memorabilia and displays. It's amazing to think that behind the beautiful facade of this building right in the city centre, such historic treasures lie within. Well worth a look.

Visited November 2012
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Thank ForeverYoung50
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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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70 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Criminal history”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

The Lock-Up is well worth visiting if you are interested in criminal history. Changing art exhibitions are displayed here, within a central gallery, and sometimes throughout the building itself. My favourite feature are the cells, and especially an original 19th century padded cell.

Visited February 2012
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Thank MercurialMich
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