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Fremantle Prison
1 The Terrace
Fremantle
WA
6160
Tel: 08 9336 9200

Where are we going today?

Did you ever think that for your family day out, you'd be off to prison? The good news is, you only have to stay as long as you like! Unlike the prisoners that would have called it home...but you can find out all about them when you visit Fremantle Prison!

Fremantle Prison is one of WA's most significant and fascinating culture sites. It's also part of the World Heritage List - which means it's pretty special!

You can explore Fremantle Prison through guided tours, which will give you a real insight into the horrors that the convicts would have faced. You can also hear the legends of cunning escapes, and those brave little prison explorers in the family can actually explore the tunnels which lie a whopping 20 feet below the prison floor!

Fremantle Prison is set on 6 hectares, and you can explore the range of buildings that are on the grounds, from the prison itself, to the gatehouse, cottages, tunnels, and walls, and you can even get to check out some pretty amazing items, such as prisoner art.

There is a commentary along the way which will give you all the facts and history that you need to know, to ensure your visit is not only fascinating, but educational too!

There are a range of tours that you can choose from - from Doing Time Tour, to the Great Escapes Tour.

The day tours are fun and interesting for the little kids, but if you have older, and slightly more brave, kids in the family, you might want to check out the night tours by torchlight. Then, the subject of shadows and ghosts might arise...spooky! 

Don't worry - you will be allowed to leave at the end of your stay!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFrom $20
  • ChildrenFrom $11 (Ages 4 to 15)
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Open 10am to 5pm seven days a week. Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Teachers corner

Give them a call to discuss your school tour, and make sure you book two or three weeks notice in advance. They are happy to have you tour at the prison!.

I'm Hungry!

Your meals will be better than the prisoners were at the Convict Cage! They have tasty sandwiches and drinks for you to enjoy! .

Any Top Tips?

It's worth looking into the tour types to suit your kids' age range and attention span, they always have several available. Kids under 12 years are not permitted to do the tunnels tour. .

Need a little extra help?

Sections of each tour are not accessible by wheelchairs, so a child rate is offered. There are exclusive tours for groups with people with disabilities. .

Baby Facilities

There is a baby change facility in the Gatehouse.

Can I get one of those?

There is indeed a gift shop where you can pick up fun gifts and items, as well as educational items. .

More information

The visitor centre is worth checking out because there rare video displays and artifacts of punishment!.

What people are saying?

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    I spent most of my life in this hell hole and trust me it was Australian's worse prison you visitors take the tour and forget about the pain and suffering that went on in there and trust me the prison officer's were worst than the prisoners they killed people in there slots at night until in the early 80 ther keys were taken away from them and held by a CO in the front office at the jail at night that still did not stop them and then you have the old hanging room which I was on a team of outher guys that had to pull it down so what you see is only...Read More

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    I love coming here!

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    Good for a 90 minute tour, WA recent history

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    we are not native English speaker, but I can hear 95% of the English during the 2 weeks trip in Australia while talking with local people. The tour leader was speaking too fast and did not slow it down despite we mentioned the problem to him. So we can understand only 20 percent of the tour information. the tour speaker has a numb face, never smile, looks like his previous job was working in the prison looking after the prisoner.

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    Had a great day walking through the prison. Our tour guide was so energetic and knowledgeable ,highly recommend you take a look.

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by Kymbrickie May

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I spent most of my life in this hell hole and trust me it was Australian's worse prison you visitors take the tour and forget about the pain and suffering that went on in there and trust me the prison officer's were worst than the prisoners they killed people in there slots at night until in the early 80 ther keys were taken away from them and held by a CO in the front office at the jail at night that still did not stop them and then you have the old hanging room which I was on a team of outher guys that had to pull it down so what you see is only half of the story the English prison officer had a gang called the purple circle and they would steal and rob you plus they were behind most of the murders in the jail I bet the ex prison officer does not tell you that part of the true story of the Freemantle Hilton by cpr 76/096 so please just think of the hurt and pain that they put us though

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