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Come and visit historic Guildford, a National Trust town.  The Swan Guildford Historical Society offers guided tours of the Heritage Precinct, where visitors learn about life in bygone days.  We are located in Meadow Street, opposite Stirling Square.

The Colonial Gaol was built in stages from 1841 to 1867, and used to house people for all types of crimes. Some stayed overnight to sleep off the effects of alcohol. People charged with more serious crimes stayed a while longer before transferring to Perth or Fremantle gaols.

Taylor’s Cottage located nearby is a quaint weatherboard home. Ex-convict Edward Taylor, wife Emma, and their large family once lived here.   We tell their story, showing how their lives revolved around an open fireplace, with limited sleeping space available.

The tour includes a visit to a 20th Century wash house, to see how labour intensive wash day was from the 1900’s, through to the 1950’s.

Tours are conducted each Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 2pm.  We also conduct school and group tours at discounted rates for groups of 10 or more people.  By pre-arrangement, we can conduct group tours outside set opening times.  Phone us to talk about your requirements. We look forward to welcoming you.



Phone:  (08) 9379 1829