The Old Castlemaine Gaol wasn't quite so "old" when it first opened in 1861 – in fact it went on to contribute 130 years of active service. Men, women and even children have passed through its gates, though these days you're much more likely to run into a band than a prisoner.
The prison has been repurposed as a local attraction and offers daily tours (including guided, self-guided and spooky ghost tours), an escape room, a café and venue spaces for concerts and weddings. Take a tour then sit down with a pint and a ploughman's lunch while enjoying the venue's amazing view of Castlemaine.
|Venue name:||Old Castlemaine Gaol||Contact:|
36-48 Bowden St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 9am-4pm; Fri, Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9am-5pm|
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Things to do
Letters from the Inside
Hear about the lives of local prisoners in a new project by literacy advocate and Castlemaine local Lisa D’Onofrio. For Letters from the Inside D’Onofrio has been working with local prisons to write letters to inmates and discover their stories. Selected...Literary events Friday July 6 2018 - Saturday July 7 2018
A new creative work is breathing new life into Old Castlemaine Gaol. ‘Vantage Point’ will use the prison’s four guard towers to create a metaphoric space in which visitors can explore the act of viewing. Artist Tara Gilbee will use camera-less photographic...Monday September 24 2018 - Saturday September 29 2018