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Fremantle Prison

1 The Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
+61 8 9336 9200
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Fremantle Prison is one of Western Australia’s premier tourist attractions and the only World Heritage listed building in the State.The Prison was built by convicts in the 1850s and was used as a place of incarceration for almost 140 years. With solitary cells and gallows Fremantle Prison is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent. Fremantle Prison now holds the key to history, mystery and fun. Step inside and do time with experienced guides on a fascinating Prison Day Tour. Explore the labyrinth of tunnels 20m beneath the Prison by foot and by boat on a Tunnels Tour adventure. Feeling brave? Delve into the darker side of the Prison’s history on an eerie Torchlight Tour.
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1 The Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Western Australia's most intact colonial prison buildings, and a very popular tourist attraction. It closed in 1991. The ghost tours and tunnel tours are the best in my view.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Great visit conducted by a very knowledgable guide. The history of this establishment from early convict days to the relatively recent closure is probably not well known. The visit opened our eyes on how prisoners were treated a few decades ago in a punitive regime....More

Thank Gerard B
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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Visited the prison today and we were really pleased that we did. We arrived at 9. 30 although the tours didn't start until 10.00. Our tour guide Matthew was excellent. Lots of interesting information about both convict times and more recent times. Slopping out seemed...More

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Reviewed 13 March 2017

We loved this tour, it was very good value for money, and the history that goes back to the early settlers days was a real eye opener, and the conditions the prisoners had to live !!!! the prisoners today have it good.

Thank Barbara L
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Having done another tour some time ago we opted for the great escapes tour. We were not to be disappointed as the guide was very informative and also made it interesting. It bought home to you the terrible conditions that the prisoners and convicts lived...More

Thank Rosemary73
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

It was very interessting. Ben was a perfect guide. We enjoyed our visit in the Fremantle Prison. Free Audio guides also for German.

Thank Eleonore S
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

We had a fantastic guided tour with Matthew who brought the prison and conditions the convicts and warders lived in to life. I know its your holiday and you want to spend all the time on the beach but this really is worth taking the...More

Thank Andrew F
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Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed our visit. We did the main tour & great escapes. Very interesting & the guide knew alot of facts & had good stories. The great escapes had lots of stair climbing so was tiring for our elderly dad. There is a nice cafe...More

Thank Martina C
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Having lived in Perth my whole life I was almost disappointed in myself for having never done the Tunnels Tour at Freo Prison (and I also had no idea that there were even tunnels under the prison)! Our tour guide Matthew (I think) was so...More

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FremantlePrison, Public Relations Manager at Fremantle Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2017

Hi audrie2017 – thank you for taking the time to write your review. It is so wonderful to hear how much you enjoyed your Tunnels Tour with Matthew, who will be very happy to hear your feedback (especially the positive reaction to his jokes!) We...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

If in Fremantle this is well worth a visit.The guide was both humorous and informative -a really good and fascinating insightful tour

Thank David S
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suzannelL7938BV
28 December 2017|
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Response from FremantlePrison | Property representative |
Hi SuzannelL7938BV - Unfortunately, due to safety reasons you would not be able to take part in the tour. The weight restrictions are in place due to the legal weight capacities of the harnesses used on the ladder system... More
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matsumomo
31 October 2017|
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Response from FremantlePrison | Property representative |
Hi matsumomo - Fremantle Prison is only closed on Christmas Day (25th December) otherwise we are open daily from 9.00am - 5.00pm, and later on Wednesday and Friday evenings for Torchlight tours. Prison Day Tours run every... More
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Jessica L
19 August 2017|
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Response from FremantlePrison | Property representative |
Hi Jessica, The Doing Time tour focuses on the history of the Prison and daily life of prisoners. As such, you will see a lot of prison cells and other areas associated with daily life. The tour is 75 minutes long. The... More
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