Maitland Gaol will be offering the following activities during Spring School Holidays 2019
There are three self guided audio tours available seven days a week, each providing a different perspective of life behind bars.
Maitland Gaol Revealed - will give you an in depth understanding of how prisoners slept, ate, exercised and wiled away the many thousands of hours until their release. You will explore each section of the site, revealing secrets straight from the mouths of those who knew it best, the ex-inmates and ex-warders.
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 gruelling regime that almost always ended up with the crims back serving an even longer sentence.
Snitch's Gaol Exploration - designed specifically for children the ghostly character ‘Snitch the Rat’ leads them 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. This tour is perfect for primary school aged children as it offers a fun and fascinating experience that is full of facts and stories that will entertain and educate.
Download the app to your own device for a discounted entry, simply search Maitland Gaol in the App Store or Play Store.
In order to solve crimes, detectives often had to sift through a series of clues first. During this activity children will be given a puzzle, the clues for which will be provided by the guide during a one hour mini tour of the site. At the conclusion of the tour, children will have the opportunity to piece together the clues to solve the crime.
Dates: Tuesday 1 and 8 October
Cost: $10 per child, $5.00 per adult
Bookings Essential, suitable for children aged 5 – 15 years.
Workhouse Woes continue these school holidays with children being introduced to one of the most popular jobs in the Gaol - working in the garden. After a one hour guided mini tour, children will get the opportunity to hear about how important the garden was for food production. They'll then don their gloves and get to plant some seeds in seed trays. The seeds, carefully sown by hand, will be raised until they are big and strong enough to be planted in the Gaol garden.
Dates: Thursday 3 and 10 October
Cost: $10.00 per child, $5.00 per adult
Bookings Essential, suitable for ages 5 – 12 years.
Additional tours and information will be released closer to the date, please check back for more information or contact Maitland Gaol on 02 4936 6482.
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.