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Address: Girdlestone Street, Ararat, Victoria 3377, Australia
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J Ward Lunatic Asylum Ghost Tour
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We went on the 11:00 Wednesday tour 1 1/2 hours it was fascinating to see inside a real lunatic ward that was previously a jail. The tour guide was knowledgeable and humorous. I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on the 11:00 Wednesday tour 1 1/2 hours it was fascinating to see inside a real lunatic ward that was previously a jail. The tour guide was knowledgeable and humorous. I can recommend this great tour.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guide we had was very animated and knew what he was talking about. Clearly he enjoyed what he was doing, Well worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have always wanted to come to Ararat and do the J Ward tour and we finally got the chance to, I would definitely recommend this day tour and I am hoping to go back one day and do the night tour. It is very interesting to hear about the history of J Ward and what they all went through... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

Very interesting. Excellent guide. Rather disturbing. We thoroughy enjoyed listening to our excellent guide. It was however rather sobering to visit this "institution". It is hard to appreciate how awful some of the inmates must have been to deal with for the staff. However some of the treatment handed out to the inmates was hardly human eiither. It confirms my... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

What a fantastic tour - we did the J Ward Lunatic Asylum Saturday night Ghost Tour - and it was both very eerie and interesting. The guides were wonderful and had terrific knowledge of the previous in-mates of the ward and legends. The stories they told really built anticipation and made for a great night's entertainment. Wonderful museum with photographic... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

As part 2 of our day trip ( aradale lunatic asylum 1st ) the group I was with..we did a tour of j ward. Originally a prison back in the 1800s it was really interesting..I liked it more than the aradale tour as im more interested in old goals n their history than a disused mental hospital. The best part... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Spooky fun to see the cold cells and get the lowdown on some of Victoria's crazy violent citizens. The ECT machines are out of action now but would be great fun to try out on the visitors if they could crank them up again.

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Thank Rex G
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

I visited this museum at the opening hour in the morning, and it was nice to have a personalised tour with Dave who was very knowledgeable and eager to teach and recall the history of the site in detail. He was a wonderful guide and his stories created a vivid image of the prison and asylum as it was a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Loved the guided tour, a bit eerie and rather sad, Very reasonably priced. We learnt so much! Our guide was brilliant.

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Thank katrinaa62
Ararat, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Fantastic facility and part of Victoria's hidden history. Great knowledgable guides who give terrific tours.

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