Maitland Gaol closed Saturday 10 October due to major event

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.

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.

Now and Then Exhibition

Now and Then is a new exhibition that will showcase a series of historic photographs. The exhibition will run from the September school holidays until the end of November. The historic photographs will be shown against a backdrop of recent photographs taken from the same location. It’s a great opportunity for visitors to catch a glimpse into the past of Maitland Gaol and spot some of the many differences between the two photographs.  

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.

Upcoming events

To find out the latest information about upcoming and special events visit the What's On section.

Elsewhere - The Lock up will be held on Saturday 10 October 2015 and will feature great live music and promises to be bigger than the last. Maitland Gaol will be closed the entire day on Saturday 10 October due to this major event.

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