You have 3 trips in progress.   See all
Trip Planner:   South Pacific  /  Australia  /  Tasmania  /  Greater Hobart  /  Clarence  /  Richmond  /  Richmond Gaol

Richmond Gaol, Richmond

4.5
#1 of 7 in Historic Sites in Clarence
Architectural Building · Historic Site
Create an itinerary including Richmond Gaol
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.
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Richmond Gaol reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
647 reviews
Google
4.5
TripAdvisor
  • Very friendly staff. The information panels in the rooms are very informative - and the stories of actual prisoners are placed throughout the buildings which makes the history a little more real. 
    Very friendly staff. The information panels in the rooms are very informative - and the stories of actual prisoners are placed throughout the buildings which makes the history a little more real.  more »
  • Basically, the building is a bunch of empty rooms. You could read the history online and have a look from the outside. If you've been to Port Arthur or are not really into convict history, I'd give... 
    Basically, the building is a bunch of empty rooms. You could read the history online and have a look from the outside. If you've been to Port Arthur or are not really into convict history, I'd give...  more »
Google
  • Simple yet striking display of the oldest gaol (jail) in Australia. Displays depict the lives of convicts, gaolers, and administrators and visitors, in the actual buildings where events all took place. Well worth a visit for 30 to 60 minutes, very reasonably priced. Two things caught my eye in particular: the solitary cells with no windows at all, where convicts were in prison for up to 21 days without exercise or fresh air; and the lists of female prisoners who gave birth, and babies of female prisoners who died in the prison system, page after page after page of names. So sad. Highly recommended.
  • Very authentic place right in the heart of Richmond. The self guided tour is ok but could really do with a guide so you can really get a feel for what happened in this place. So great to see alot of things are just how they were when it was actually run as a jail.

Plan your trip to Richmond

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.