Darlinghurst Gaol Tours

The old Darlinghurst gaol is one of Australia’s oldest and best preserved examples of colonial sandstone architecture, which over the last two centuries has transformed from a place of abject misery to one of Australia's premier arts institutes. According to legend, the building is haunted by the restless ghosts of some of the 76 people who were executed at the gaol’s gallows.

Join us for a lively historical tour, shedding light on the fascinating history of the site and exposing the dark, hidden corners which aren’t usually open for public access.

Led by an expert historical guide and current MFA student Kirtika Kain, the tour takes approximately one hour and includes the historic Cell Block Theatre, the Chapel, the old Governor’s residence, the morgue, the flogging wall, the tunnel which was used to process and delouse prisoners and the site of the former gallows.

After the tour, guests will have an opportunity to enjoy the site. 

Tours depart from the Forbes Street Entrance.

Tours are offered three times each month, tickets are $15 + booking fee.

Tours are LIMITED to 25 people due to the access required, waitlists are available. 


August Tours 

Saturday 11 August 10:30am-11:30am  BOOK HERE
Saturday 11 August 12pm-1pm SOLD OUT 

September Tours 

Tuesday 18 September 10:30am-11:30am SOLD OUT 
Saturday 22 September 10:30am-11:30am  BOOK HERE
Saturday 22 September  12pm-1pm BOOK HERE

October Tours 

Tuesday 23 October 10:30am-11:30am BOOK HERE
Saturday 27 October 10:30am-11:30am BOOK HERE
Saturday 27 October 12pm-1pm BOOK HERE

November Tours

Saturday 10 November 10:30am-11:30am BOOK HERE
Saturday 10 November 12pm-1pm BOOK HERE
Tuesday 13 November  10:30am-11:30am BOOK HERE


Please note these tours include stairs and narrow passageways, if you have any concerns about mobility issues please contact us and we can advise if the tour will be suitable or work out a modified tour.

+61 2 9339 8744
enquiries@nas.edu.au