SELF-GUIDED AUDIO TOUR

Maitland Gaol offers three self guided audio tours of the site available seven days a week, each providing a different perspective of the life behind the bars. Tickets are valid for one entry between 10:00am and 3:00pm on the date chosen to attend. The site closes at 4:00pm.
 
"Maitland Gaol Revealed" gives an in depth understanding of how prisoners slept, ate, exercised and wiled away the many thousands of hours until their release. Secrets straight from the mouths of those who knew it best, the inmates and warders, bring this tour to life. 

This audio tour is also available for the deaf and hearing impaired in either Auslan/Captions or Audio/Captions. The tour is available using a smartphone app called OpenAccess Tours that can be downloaded in advance or alternatively it is available on site through the normal audio tour system.

"Escaping Maitland Gaol" will lead you through the maze of cells, divulging intricate details of the many escape attempts seen throughout the gaol's 150 year history. You will hear stories of ballsy efforts to break free of the gaol's grueling regime.

"Snitch's Gaol Exploration" (Children's tour) is narrated by ‘Snitch the Rat', a ghostly character who leads children on an adventure through the gaol cells. Snitch tells the children all the secrets of the gaol that he witnessed as the many criminals were brought in from the outside world.

 

12/12/2019 To 11/03/2020
LILY THE FELON'S DAUGHTER

Melodramas are an audience favourite and with Lily, the Felon's Daughter Maitland Repertory Theatre returns to end of year melodrama fun.

 

Lily, the Felon’s Daughter tells the story of our heroine Lily Fairweather, who is "pure as the driven snow" and of Compton, her weak but handsome sweetheart, and how the dastardly villain Craven Sinclair tries to thwart their plans foreverlasting bliss.

 

Melodrama Fun

Audience interaction is encouraged, so feel free to boo, hiss, cheer and swoon for the villain, hero and heroine. Seating is at tables of eight and you're welcome to bring your own nibblies and drinks to enjoy.  Your ticket price includes a glass of bubbles or sherry on arrival and small Christmas treats with your complimentary tea and coffee at interval.

Ticket Prices: $30

Special discounts are available forgroups of over 20 – contact info@maitlandreptheatre.org for more details.

Included in Ticket Price

On arrival: A welcoming glass of bubbles or sherry

At Interval: Small Christmas treats with your complimentary tea and coffee and after dinner mint.

 

Seating: Tables of 8 (you don’t need to book a full table) and you’re welcome to bring your own nibblies and drinks.

 

The Directors: Directed by Robert Comber and Colleen Kirkman

Performance Dates/Times:

Evenings at 8:00pm:

November: Friday 29, Saturday 30; December Friday 6, Saturday 7, Friday 13, Saturday 14 

 

Doors open at 7:30pm, 30 minutes before performances.
Matinees at 2:00pm:

December Sunday 1, Sunday 8, Sunday 15

Doors open at 1:30pm, 30 minutes before performances

 

13/12/2019 To 15/12/2019
ESCAPES DAY TOUR
While learning about the history and operation of this notorious prison, this specially designed NEW! tour explores the various stories behind some of the documented escapes from Australia’s longest continuously operating correctional facility.

During your 1½ hour tour our guides will escort you around the site, delving into the ways prisoners were treated through various eras of prison management, and how the Gaol was developed through its 150 year operational history.

And throughout your exploration, stories of amazing escapes, from the unbelievable and amazing to the farcical. All, in most cases, for a few hours of freedom. Learn about the 'Magnificent Seven' – the last successful escape in September 1977, and Patrick McNamara, who escaped in August 1851, only to be recaptured 4 months later and face the hangman’s noose in March 1852.

Now being presented as a public day and evening tour on selected occasions throughout the week or for private groups. Check the website for the next scheduled public tour.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

14/12/2019 To 8/03/2020
CRIMES OF PASSION TORCHLIGHT TOUR
Crimes of passion, they shock and horrify us, but in almost equal measure they intrigue us. Listen to Maitland Gaol come to life with a series of stories focused around crimes of passion that ended in incarceration or worse. The stories are entwined with love, suspicion, greed and envy, with almost all culminating in a brutal ending.

Available only by torchlight, this tour is sure to leave you with the urge to double check your doors are locked at night.

Disclaimer: Please note that the information presented in this tour may be confronting for people of all ages, and includes adult themes, coarse language, violence and sexual references. Children under the age of 15 years are not permitted on this tour.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.
14/12/2019 To 8/02/2020
DECK THE WALLS - CHRISTMAS TOUR

Grab your family, friends and work mates and join us at Maitland Gaol to start celebrating the festive season. Bring along your favourite drinks,relax back in one of our beanbags on the exercise field and enjoy a delicious grazing table with all of your favourite treats.

Following nibbles, you’ll depart on a 1.5 hour tour of the Maitland Gaol grounds, learn about what the prisoner’s Christmas was like and hear stories of the heroes and villains that were here at Maitland Gaol during its 150 years of operation.

 

When: Friday December 20, 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Cost: $45.00 pp
RSVP: Bookings essential by Monday December 16 2019
Limited numbers apply (BYO beer, wine and pre-mixed drinks only).
Please advise any dietary requirements at the time of the booking.
Please BYO torch for the guided tour.
Book online at maitlandgaol.com.au or phone 4936 6482

 

20/12/2019 7:00 PM
150 YEARS UNDER LOCK AND KEY
Immerse yourself in the history of Maitland Gaol on this 1½ tour, discovering stories of all sorts of heroes and villains.

Our expert guides are regularly undertaking and updating research to give you the most informed tour of this 150-year-old institution. Delve into all parts of the site and learn of the changes that have occurred in prisoner treatment throughout the life of this oldest continuously operating correctional facility in Australia.

From the English Pentonville Model of the original cell blocks to the modern Maximum Security 5 Wing and the many ancillary buildings scattered throughout the site.

This tour can also be presented for private groups and may be adapted to highlight particular aspects of the facility at the request of the group organisers. It is suitable for children.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

21/12/2019 To 22/02/2020
ESCAPES TORCHLIGHT TOUR

Escapes from Maitland Gaol cover a vast period of the facility's history. The earliest years were a time ripe for escape with security features basically comprising of the towering walls. As the years progressed and the type of prisoner changed the escapes became more daring and dangerous. Whatever the prisoners motivation for escape the determination and skill they show achieving their outcome is sure to amaze. Hear about a number of the most daring escapes on this torchlight tour lasting 90 minutes. It gives visitors a glimpse into the desperation felt by prisoners and the risks they took to break free.

Please note that this tour is not recommended for people under 15 years of age.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

21/12/2019 To 22/02/2020
150 YEARS UNDER LOCK AND KEY (TORCHLIGHT)
Immerse yourself in the history of Maitland Gaol on this 1½ tour, discovering stories of all sorts of heroes and villains.

Our expert guides are regularly undertaking and updating research to give you the most informed tour of this 150-year-old institution. Delve into all parts of the site and learn of the changes that have occurred in prisoner treatment throughout the life of this oldest continuously operating correctional facility in Australia.

From the English Pentonville Model of the original cell blocks to the modern Maximum Security 5 Wing and the many ancillary buildings scattered throughout the site.

This tour is occasionally presented as a public evening Torchlight Tour but is mainly presented for private groups where it may be adapted to highlight particular aspects of the facility at the request of the group organisers. It is suitable for children.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

28/12/2019 To 7/03/2020
JUNIOR SLEUTH: TATTOO TALES
Junior Sleuths will learn about how prisoners lived in the Gaol over the 150 years of its operation on this one hour guided tour. Afterwards they'll delve into the work of prison tattoos and what these symbols represent (don't worry its family friendly). Using some of the oldest tattoos recorded in Australia, children will learn what they mean and tell a story using them. As a bonus they'll receive a temporary tattoo to take home as a souvenir of their time behind bars at Maitland Gaol.


Bookings essential, suitable for ages 5 – 12 years

Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without an adult or concession ticket for online sales. Call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

2/01/2020 To 23/01/2020
GHOST HUNTING 101

If you've experienced a ghost tour and want to step up to the next level, our Ghost Hunting 101 nights are perfect.

The night starts with a briefing, before you learn the basics on how to use the K2 Meters and voice recorders. You'll experience a vigil, an era cue, use a spirit box, and have time to chat, talk about experiences and have discussion on the topics of ghosts, poltergeists and residual and intelligent hauntings.

Learn about it and then try it out as you hunt for ghosts across the site and in the cells, you even have the opportunity to do some investigating on your own.

The group numbers are limited to allow a more personal experience with Renata Daniel from Newcastle Ghost Tours who will guide you through the night.

Disclaimer - Ghosts are not guaranteed. Participants must be 15 years or over.

PRICE $50 per person
DATE First Friday of each month except November and December (subject to site bookings)
TIME 9.00pm October - April and 8.00pm May - September
DURATION 2 hours (approx.)

 

3/01/2020 To 6/03/2020
WORKHOUSE WOES - LAUNDRY LASS
Ever wondered what Maitland Gaol's female prisoners spent their days doing? Enjoy a one hour guided tour of the gaol, learning all the ins and outs of the prisoner's routine, before getting a chance to do washing, just like they did in the good old days. With buckets to carry water and washboards to clean the clothes, we'll have the kids working like a human washing machine.


Bookings essential, suitable for ages 5 – 12 years

Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without an adult or concession ticket for online sales. Call Maitland Gaol on (02) 49366482 for more information.

7/01/2020 To 21/01/2020
EX-WARDER DAY TOUR

These are a 1½ hour escorted tour through the Maitland Gaol complex from the perspective of the men and women responsible for operating the facility over its 150 years.

Like the Ex-Inmate tour, there are some stories which are not for the feint-hearted. Stories of famous and infamous characters from yesterday and yesteryear. Your guide will provide you with information on the history of this maximum security facility and what it was like to look after some of the "worst of the worst". Be prepared for some harrowing tales.

Not recommended for children under the age of 14 as the information presented may be confronting includes adult themes, coarse language and drug and sexual references.

Regularly presented as a public day tour on Sundays and as an evening Torchlight Tour or for private groups.

PLEASE NOTE: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or concession. Child tickets can not be purchased without adult or concession ticket for online sales, call Maitland Gaol on (02) 4936 6482 for more information.

8/01/2020 To 22/01/2020
A PSYCHIC EXPERIENCE

Do you believe in the paranormal? Both believers and non-believers alike are fascinated by the psychic stories and phenomena described by our resident psychic guide.

To really be immersed in the psychic experience, you will need 2½ hours to hear the history of the Maitland Gaol and the people who have passed through its walls. Be ready for some truly mystifying tales, the answers to which you can decide for yourself.

We don’t guarantee any ghostly activity, but many visitors experience an eerie feeling. Your guide will lead you in this experience. If you are lucky, there may be time for a palm reading or two at the end of the tour.

This tour is not available for children under 14 years as it is conducted at night and the information presented is of an adult and/or confronting nature.

Regularly presented as a public evening Torchlight Tour or for private groups. Availability of this tour is limited so early booking is especially recommended.

Email us and let us know if you have had any eerie or spooky Maitland Gaol experiences.

17/01/2020 To 21/02/2020
PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR EXPERIENCE

Do you have an interest in serious paranormal investigation?

Let Renata from Newcastle Ghost Tours take your experience to the next level with Maitland Gaol's Paranormal Experience. With four hours to explore the site you are welcome to investigate with your own equipment, or stick with a seasoned investigator and experience a series of experiments designed to reach out to residual energies.

This experience is for a maximum of 20 people and includes a walk through the site to give each location some context but does not include a tour. The night encourages investigating on a range of levels and is classed as a 'next level' experience, so it's a good idea to have participated in paranormal investigations before.

Disclaimer - Ghosts are not guaranteed. Please note this is an adults only event. All participants must be 18 years and over.

Price

$90 per person 
28/02/2020 9:00 PM