Richmond Gaol, Richmond

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Architectural Building · Historic Site
Take a self-guided tour of Richmond Gaol and get a real insight into the prison life at Australia's oldest penal colony. Explore the original buildings and a flogging yard from 1825, step inside a female solitary confinement cell, and learn the stories of prisoners. Display boards, historical relics, and special sound effects complete the atmosphere of isolation in this colonial gaol, almost intact since prison times. Children can discover secrets of the gaol by engaging in a scavenger hunt. Put Richmond Gaol on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Richmond trip planner.
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  • Absolutely interesting place to visit. Full of history and wonderful architecture. A definate visit whilst in town.  more »
  • This was a real highlight for me while visiting Richmond and there was many great things to see and do around the area. It’s one of the oldest gaols in the country and I think the only one that...  more »
  • Richmond also have Australia’s oldest existing colonial gaol which was needed to house those convicts that committed offences whilst working. The goal is very well preserved and conserved and super interesting to look around and learn. It has the gaol, including solitary confinement areas, the gaolers house, latrine and exercise yard.
  • The goal was interesting, small and very crammy when there is a few people in at once. When we visited, we felt as if the company tried to cram as many people as possible, making the experience unpleasant. They could put beds or furniture in the rooms, give the environment a bit more meaning and excitement. At least show how it was like back in the day. I'm sure they weren't in empty rooms.
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