Experience Maitland Gaol today: open seven days a week

Welcome to Maitland Gaol

The cell doors have now been swung open, with visitors invited to 'serve time' learning about the facility, past prisoners and daring escapes.

A key anchor attraction of the Hunter, Maitland Gaol has a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years. After housing some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals, Maitland Gaol closed as a Correctional Institution in 1998.

Visiting Maitland Gaol

Visitors to Maitland Gaol can experience the site by a self guided audio tour or one of the five themed public tours. The self guided audio tours are available seven days a week during opening hours, and public guided tours are readily available on the weekends at 11.00am.

The tours take approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Bookings are essential for public guided tours. Click here to book now.

Spend Halloween in Lock up


Are you intrigued with history and mystery? Ever wondered what happens in the Gaol after dark?

Discover the real story of life behind the walls at Maitland Gaol this Halloween with a frightening and fun four hour adventure.

Corporate Christmas Dinner and Tour Package

Are you after something unique for your staff Christmas party this year? Spend Christmas in lock up with our corporate Christmas dinner and tour special offer. Treat your staff to  a combined guided torchlight tour of Maitland Gaol and a delicious Christmas dinner by Blackbird Artisan Bakery for a night to remember.

Media coverage

Maitland Gaol is a versatile site and  hosts a number of activities and events. Check out the recent media coverage of Maitland Gaol in local and national media.

The Daily Telegraph: NSW's spookiest tourist attractions

Newcastle Live: Elsewehere: The lock up

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