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School Holidays

We offer a range of activities to keep the kids happy during the school holidays.

AUTUMN activities

These activities are perfect for family outings, with a number of things for kids to do and get involved in. Guided tours, additional tours and special activities are often available, as well as special pricing and packages implemented for holiday periods. 

There are three self guided audio tours available seven days a week, each providing a different perspective of life behind bars.

Maitland Gaol Revealed 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 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 almost always ended up with the crim’s back, serving an even longer sentence.

Snitch’s Gaol Exploration designed specifically for children, the ghostly character ‘Snitch the Rat’ leads them 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. 

You must download the app to your own device, simply search Maitland Gaol in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store

It makes it easier if as many people in the group as possible (including children) have their own device and headphones.

Immerse yourself in the history of Maitland Gaol on this 90 minute family friendly guided tour, discovering stories of all sorts of heroes and villains. Delve into all parts of the site and learn of the changes that have occurred in prisoner treatment throughout the life of the oldest continually operating correctional facility in Australia.

Dates: 10, 11, 16, 18 & 23 April

Time: 11.00am

Price: Adult – $30
Concession – $24
Child – $24
Family (2 adults and 2 children) – $96

Bookings Essential 

This 90 minute tour has been specially designed to explore the various stories and exact locations of some of the documented escapes from Maitland Gaol. The stories range from the unbelievable to the ludicrous and are sure to amaze you. Learn about the ‘Magnificent Seven’ and a raft of other escapees, their reason for incarceration and their method of escape.

Date: 9, 13, 17 & 20 April

Time: 11.00am

Price: Adult – $30
Concession – $24
Child – $24
Family (2 adults and 2 children) – $96

Bookings Essential

Explore the site with someone who knew it best on this 90 minute guided tour and hear stories from the perspective of someone who worked in the facility for 20 years. Stories of famous and infamous characters from yesterday and yesteryear. Your guide will provide you with information on the history of this maximum security facility and what it was like to look after some of the ‘worst of the worst’. Be prepared for some harrowing tales.

Date: 22 April

Time: 11.00am

Price: Adult – $30
Concession – $24
Child – $24
Family (2 adults and 2 children) – $96

Bookings Essential, not recommended for children under the age of 14.

After checking our prisoners accommodation for an hour, children have the opportunity to learn and perform the exercise routine undertaken by prisoners to keep fit in the early 1900s. Sure to bring some laughs, this activity and tour gives a small glimpse into the interesting lives of the prisoners of Maitland Gaol at the turn of the 20th century.

Date: Tuesday 12 and 19 April

Time: 11.00am

Price: Adult and child package – $15
Additional adult or child – $10 per person

Bookings Essential, suitable for children aged 5 – 12 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Maitland Gaol potentially received thousands of telegrams during the early years of its operation. Explore the site on a one hour mini tour as you learn more about this communication method. See some original telegram messages and learn the code used to decipher them so you can decode some yourself.

Date: Thursday 14 and 21 April

Time: 11.00am

Price: Adult and child package – $15
Additional adult or child – $10 per person

Bookings Essential, suitable for children aged 8 – 15 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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