"Melbourne is a Hotel, Pentridge a boarding-house, but Castlemaine is Hell."
On 20th July 1851, gold was discovered at Specimen Gully near Castlemaine, by the end of that year there were 25,000 diggers working the alluvial beds.
The Old Castlemaine Gaol opened 10 years later in 1861 and was active prison up until it closed in 1990. Based on the Pentonville style it was designed to give prisoners the chance to seek penance through silent reflection, but instead led to prisoner suicides and madness.
Between 1865 and 1876, there were 10 criminals hung within its walls.
Come join one of our tours to find out what lies behind the walls of the Old Castlemaine Gaol and the prisoners it held. Gain access to areas closed to the public - sit in the cell where condemned men spent their final night. Walk the stairs to the hangman's noose where 10 men met their final end and pass through the door to the yard in which they were buried.
Guided tours run Friday 2pm,
Saturday and Sunday at 10am & 2pm.
Tours commence at the front wooden doors of the Gaol. Tickets can be purchased online or from the cafe.
$15 Concession/Pensioner (with a valid card)
Kids under 13 go free
For private group bookings, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing and availability
*Please note, these hours are subject to gaol availability, please see top of the page, or Facebook for up to date info*