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.  The Colonial Gaol is situated on the right 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.  The Colonial Gaol is situated on the right, facing Stirling Square.

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 at the front of the Colonial Gaol during opening hours.

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

There are also interpretation signs throughout the Heritage Precinct including the Colonial 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

Contact us to book school or group tours.

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, meaning care should be taken with regard to uneven floors, low doorways and steps.  There is a car park directly in front of the Colonial Gaol.  Use caution when crossing the car park.  Visitors should walk behind the green bollards, to avoid reversing cars.

Colonial Gaol: Passageways are narrow, with low entrance ways, marked with Mind Your Head signs.  Floorboards áre uneven in places, with small rises at the threshold of 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 are small steps at the front and back doors to the cottage.

Disabled Access: As these are historic buildings with narrow passageways, there is no direct access using electric mobility scooters or wide wheelchairs.  Small, narrow wheelchairs can be used in the Colonial Gaol.

Toilet Facilities:  Toilet facilities  including a disabled access toilet are located directly behind the Colonial Gaol.   A baby change table is available in the disabled access toilet.