Kids who enjoy gruesome thrills will relish this window into prison life. Whippings and executions were carried out in this jail from 1841 to 1964. See the gallows that were employed for hangings and the cruel whipping frame with manacles that once held prisoners in position. You can imagine sleeping in the tiny, uncomfortable cells, set up just the way they were when they were occupied, complete with bucket toilets. In the interactive exhibits, try out the lock-picking devices, or put on handcuffs and manacles. If you sense the presence of ghosts as you walk around, that might be because hanged men were buried in pine coffins in the gaol grounds. You can still see the graves here.
18 Gaol Rd, Thebarton; (08) 8231 4062
■ Solitary confinement cells, nicknamed ‘The Fridge’. Feel a chill run down your spine as you enter these small, airless rooms with their solid, soundproof doors and fridge-like handles.
More than 200 prisoners died at the gaol during its 147-year history. Some were hanged, some died of self-inflicted wounds, but many died because of the unsanitary conditions. The prison’s first well became polluted from the disposal of toilet waste in the grounds. Its water caused diseases such as small pox, typhus fever, impetigo, and tuberculosis (some of which were caught by prison guards as well as prisoners).
■ Guided tours run on weekends, except on days of extreme heat; check website for times. The last tour starts one-and-a-half hours before closing.
- Historic Adelaide Gaol, Adelaide, In city