Fremantle Prison

1 The Terrace, Fremantle   (08) 9336 9200

Fremantle Prison is a World Heritage Listed, convict built, former maximum security prison and one of Western Australia's premier tourist attractions.

In Brief
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  • Open Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays
In Detail

Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia’s major tourist attractions.

Built by convicts in the 1850s and decommissioned as a maximum-security gaol in 1991, the Prison was used continuously as a place of incarceration for almost 140 years.  With solitary cells and gallows the Prison is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent.

In 2010 Fremantle Prison was the first building in Western Australia to become World Heritage Listed as part of the Australian Convict Sites. It is currently the only World Heritage Site located in the Perth region.

Step inside and do time with Fremantle Prison’s experienced guides on a range of Prison Day Tours. Daring escapes and colourful characters feature in tales laced with prison humour. Artwork on cell walls speak volumes, from the classical to the vibrant Aboriginal images.

Feeling adventurous? Explore the one kilometre labyrinth of tunnels underneath the Prison on the Tunnels Tour. Equipped with harnesses visitors are locked into the ladder system and descend 20 metres into the depths below. Visit dry sections of the tunnels by foot, then explore the submerged passageways accessible only by boat.

Cringe at the rotten, the wretched and inhumane on an eerie Torchlight Tour. This tour delves into the darker side of the Prison's history. Be warned – there are a few surprises along the way and these tours are not for the faint hearted.

The Gatehouse entry complex which is free to access also features exhibitions in the Prison Gallery, two interactive Visitor Centres, the Convict Café and an award winning Gift Shop which showcases products made by current Western Australian prisoners.

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