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Don't Pass Go - The Adelaide Historic Gaol

  • Heritage & Art


Adelaide Gaol is a nineteenth century prison which only closed fifty odd years ago. The Adelaide Gaol was a  prison where ghosts told stories of misdeeds, executions and floggings with a barbed whip. The lights of the premier shopping destination Rundle Mall are a mere 30 minutes away.

A great family destination with plenty of activities for ‘bored teenagers’ and those who like the challenge of escape rooms.


QUICK FACTSAdelaide Gaol 


18 Gaol Rd 

(Just off Port Road next to the Police Barracks and the RAH.) Easy walking distance from Haigh’s corner)

Via North Terrace to the Haigh’s corner 1.7 km


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Catch a taxi / uber to Adelaide Gaol and return with a slow walk to Rundle Mall (past Haigh’s tempting chocolates). Enjoy a stroll through Adelaide Parklands.



7 days a week, check Adelaide Gaol for up to date information


Adelaide Gaol:

  • Gift shop
  • Dedicated visitor car park
  • Toilets
  • Partially suitable for wheelchair access
  • Superb family friendly destination (as indicated by the numerous local school trips)
  • Entry fees

Reviews & More on TripAdvisor

Adelaide Gaol, names of executed prisoners etched on the brick wall, South Australia
Adelaide Gaol, names of executed prisoners etched on the brick wall, South Australia


Adelaide Gaol has authentic escape rooms. What a way to juice up a holiday being locked in an original cell.

Adelaide Gaol, 1800_s cell, South Australia
Adelaide Gaol, 1800_s cell, South Australia

Adults Escape Cells (12 years old and over)

Perfect for families, friends, and team-building events, the Escape Cells experience will transport you to another time and place and challenge you to work together to solve puzzles and clues.

For $40 per person you’ll also receive general entry to the Gaol before or after your Escape Cell experience.

Choose from 3 Escape Cells:

  • Mitch’s Mate (Easy) – Follow the clues and escape the cell with the help of your mate Mitch!
  • Wizard’s Prison (Medium) – Step into a wizard prison and cast a spell to escape!
  • Incarcerated and Infected (Hard) – Can you find out what illness you have and how to cure it before it’s too late?

Kids Escape Cells (8 years old and over)

Designed for kids to do themselves without the need for adults. Aimed at younger audiences, this experience is great for a group of friends or family.

For $30 per person you’ll also receive general entry to the Gaol before or after your Escape Cell experience.

Choose from 3 Escape Cells:

  • The Friendly Ghost (Easy) – Our ghost has been keeping everyone up at night with his mischievous and naughty behaviour. We need your help to find out what the name of our friendly ghost is so he can cross over to the other side!
  • The Captain’s Revenge (Medium) – Captain Ashton’s treasure has been stolen by rival pirate Captain Cut-Throat. Now is your chance to get it back after their ship was wrecked in a hurricane!
  • The Junior Detective (Hard) – A sneaky thief has managed to escape the Gaol undetected. We ask for your help to uncover what this escaped prisoner has planned.
Adelaide Gaol, 1950_s 1960_s gaol graffiti South Australia
Adelaide Gaol, 1950's 1960's gaol graffiti, South Australia

And don’t worry you are guaranteed an escape… – Escape Rooms’ Reviews & More on TripAdvisor



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