Visit our museum in historic Guildford, a National Trust town.
The Colonial Gaol (Pictured above) was built in stages between 1841 and 1867. Originally a two cell lock-up, a large Magistrate’s room was added in 1853. More cells, and a prisoners exercise yard was added in 1868. Parts of the Gaol were demolished, commencing in 1917. Today there are just four cells remaining.
Tours of the museum include a visit to the Colonial Gaol, and a glimpse inside Taylor’s Cottage (Pictured below), a quaint workman’s dwelling once the home of ex convict Edward Taylor and his large family. Stroll around the prison exercise yard containing farming machinery and a blacksmith’s forge. The tour concludes at a 1920’s wash house, complete with copper, cement troughs, clothes wringer, laundry supplies and household irons.
WHERE: Meadow Street Guildford – right next door to the Swan Valley Visitors Centre.
TOURS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10AM to 2PM
COST: Adults $5. Children 5 – 12 years $3. Children under 3 FREE
GROUPS: School parties and community groups must book tours beforehand. Discounted rates available for group tours.
BOOKINGS: email@example.com OR telephone 9379 1829