Old Wentworth Gaol
Address: 112-115 Beverley Street, Wentworth, New South Wales 2648
Phone: 03 5027 3337 | Fax: 03 5027 3337
The Old Wentworth Gaol took three years to build from 1879 and while it wasn't a place of comfort it was considered a slight step up from the usual "lock-ups" used before its opening.
Times were definitely tough for the early settlers, and for those who fell on the wrong side of the law they were even tougher.
The gaol closed in 1927, and it was a single storey brick building constructed from locally made clay bricks and featured bluestone trim brought in from Malmsbuy in Victoria.
What makes the gaol so unique, is that it was the first Australian designed gaol, designed by colonial architect James Barnett.
After its closure the gaol was used for a variety of activities, including classrooms for the Wentworth Central School. Today it is a major tourist attraction for the town.
It is open 10am to 5pm every day and visitors can find out more about the history of the building with a self guided tour.
The tour takes you inside the buildings and provides an insight into life as a prisoner in the late 1800s.
There is a gift shop which once served as the gaolers residence, where you can purchase souvenirs, old wares and antiques.
Coaches and group bookings welcome.
The Old Wentworth Gaol is located in Beverley Street. For more information please contact Old Wentworth Gaol.
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The family ticket is for two adults and three Children under 16 years old.
This ticket is applicable for Aged Pensioners and Senior card holders.
This ticket is for children six to 16 years old. Children under five are free.
- Non smoking establishment
Monday to Sunday
Open every day except Christmas Day.
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