How to find us and Access Information

How to find us

The Guildford Colonial Gaol, Taylor’s Cottage and 1920’s Wash House are located in the Guildford Heritage Precinct.  Our closest neighbour is the Swan Valley Visitor Centre on the corner of Meadow and Swan Streets Guildford.

By car

Meadow Street is off James Street, the main thoroughfare of Guildford.  Guildford is around 20 minutes drive from Perth CBD via Great Eastern Highway.  Turn right at the traffic lights near the Guildford Hotel, then turn left over the railway crossing.  We are located on the right hand side, just before the roundabout.

A small free car park allowing 2 hours free parking is available directly in front of the Colonial Gaol.  It is signposted from Meadow Street with a brown sign reading ‘Historic Site. Guildford Courthouse and Old Gaol Museum’.  There may be additional free parking spaces on Meadow Street.

By train

Guildford is on the Perth to Midland train line taking, 18 minutes from Perth Railway Station on Wellington Street. Trains run every 20 minutes during the day.  Alight at Guildford Railway Station.  Turn to your left outside the station, and proceed to the railway crossing on Meadow Street.  Cross here.  We are on the right hand side, just before the roundabout.

By bus

Guildford can be accessed by bus number 36 from Perth Elizabeth Quay Bus station travelling along St George’s Terrace and the Great Eastern Highway.  Alight on James Street by Alfred’s Kitchen.  Cross over the railway line.


The Colonial Gaol is highlighted with a brown visitor attraction dot and information on Google maps.

Signage at the Precinct

A large sign is placed on the front of the Gaol when it is open.  Visitors should enter through the front door and walk directly ahead.

There are interpretation panels on the fence by the footpath in front of the Gaol and Taylor’s Cottage (part of the Guildford Heritage Walks).

There are also interpretation signs throughout the Heritage Precinct including the Gaol, Taylor’s Cottage, Gaol Exercise Yard, Curfew Bell, Police Quarters No. 2 / Wash House, Guildford Courthouse.


The Swan Guildford Historical Society headquarters can be reached on 08 9379 1829

To book school or group tours, email, or by mobile 0468412164

Website and Facebook

The Swan Guildford Historical Society website is

The Swan Guildford Historical Society Facebook site is

Access Information

The buildings are heritage buildings and care should be taken with regard to uneven floors, low doorways and steps.  The Gaol is directly next to a car park so care should be taken crossing the car park and visitors should walk through along the walkway behind the green posts.

Gaol: Passageways in the Gaol are narrow. The entrances to the Gaol cells are low and are marked ‘Mind Your Head’.  Floorboards can be uneven and there are small rises at the threshold of some internal doors.  Wheelchair access is limited.

Taylor’s Cottage:  A paved pathway leading up to Taylor’s Cottage makes it easy for visitors to approach the site.  There is a small step up to the cottage.

Disabled Access: As a historic building, unfortunately there is no direct access using electric mobility scooters or wide wheelchairs as the doorways and corridors are too narrow.  Small, narrow wheelchairs can be used in the Gaol.

Toilet Facilities:  Toilet facilities are located directly behind the Gaol.  There is a ladies, gents and disabled access toilet.  The disabled toilet includes a baby change table.