There are three self guided audio tours available seven days a week, each providing a different perspective of the life behind the bars.
Maitland Gaol Revealed
The Maitland Gaol Revealed Audio Tour will give you an in depth understanding of how prisoners slept, ate, exercised and wiled away the many thousands of hours until their release. You will explore each section of the site, revealing secrets straight from the mouths of those who knew it best, the ex-inmates and ex-warders.
Escaping Maitland Gaol
The Escaping Maitland Gaol Audio Tour will lead you through the maze of cells, divulging intricate details of the many escape attempts seen throughout the gaol’s 150 year history. You will hear stories of ballsy efforts to break free of the gaol’s grueling regime that always ended up with the crims back serving an even longer sentence.
Snitch’s Gaol Exploration (Children’s tour)
The ghostly character ‘Snitch the Rat’ leads children on an adventure through the gaol cells. Snitch tells the children all the secrets of the gaol that he witnessed as the many criminals were brought in from the outside world. This tour is perfect for primary school aged children as it offers a fun and fascinating experience that is full of facts and stories that will entertain and educate.
Use your own device
You can now tour Maitland Gaol using your own smart phone or other mobile device with the izi.TRAVEL app. Download the free app in advance or use the free Wi-Fi available at the gaol. Further details and instructions are available here.
For the Deaf and Hearing Impaired - AUSLAN/Open Access
The Maitland Gaol Revealed
audio tour is now available for the deaf and hearing impaired in either Auslan/Captions or Audio/Captions at Maitland Gaol. This audio tour is available using a smartphone app called OpenAccess Tours that can be downloaded in advance or alternatively it is available on site (for those that do not have a smartphone). For more information on OpenAccess Tours click here (standard admission costs apply).
Based on the success in 2016, Maitland Gaol will again unlock the gates to the public for the evening. Under Lights offers a unique opportunity to explore the site at your own pace and discover for yourself the difference between day and night in a maximum security prison. Take one of the three self guided audio tours and experience Maitland Gaol by night where everything looks a little different.
Family pass (2 adults, 2 children): $68
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm
Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm
Last entry at 3.00pm