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School Holidays

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

Spring Activities

These activities are perfect for family outings, with a number of things for kids to do and get involved in. Additional guided tours, special tours and other activities are often scheduled during this time.

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

As many people in the group as possible (including children) should bring 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: 24 & 26 September, 3 & 9 October.

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: 28 September, 2, 5 & 8 October

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: 

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.

Some of the most special features in Maitland Gaol were left behind by prisoners, including the painted glass windows in Maitland Gaol’s Chapel. Come along and enjoy a one hour guided tour, learn about the Chapel space and all the activities it was used for. Before leaving the site you’ll get the chance to make a special coloured pattern to hang on your window at home.

Date: Tuesday 27 September and 4 October

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.

In order to solve crimes, detectives often have to sift through a series of clues first. During this activity children will be given a puzzle, the clues for which will be provided by the guide during the one hour mini tour of the site. At the conclusion of the tour, children will have the opportunity to piece together the clues to solve the crime.

Date: Thursday 29 September and 6 October

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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