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A key anchor attraction of the Hunter, Maitland Gaol has a vibrant history spanning more than 150 years. After housing some of Australia's most hardened and notorious criminals, Maitland Gaol closed in 1998.


The Cell doors have now been swung open, with visitors invited to serve a small amount of time learning about the facility, past prisoners and daring escapes.

Maitland Gaol offers visitors the opportunity to indulge in self-guided tours, however the best way to interpret this unique attraction is to take a themed-guided tour or torchlight tour by night. Only the brave can battle a sleepover night. The Gaol is also burgeoning as a venue of choice for special events.

Our Opening Hours are 7 days a week. Tours 11am Thursday & Friday. Weekends 11am & 2pm. Torchlight tours Friday & Saturday nights.

Visit our website for more information and to book tours online.

Map & Directions

6-18 John St, Maitland NSW 2323, Australia


From Newcastle and Lake MacQuarie drive west along the New England Highway following the signs to Maitland and Singleton. After 30 - 40 minutes you will arrive in East Maitland. At East Maitland take the Morpeth turn-off at Melbourne Street. Drive for 1km along Melbourne Street. After you drive under the railway line turn right at the round-a-bout into John Street. Maitland Gaol is located on top of the hill.

Visit our website for upcoming events.