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Fremantle Prison

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Published November 21st 2020
A tour that will leave you captivated
Western Australia is one of the few states where we can enjoy the luxury of local travel and entertainment. With this being said: The Perth Fremantle Prison is open for business and they have a selection of tours for you to choose from.

Fremantle Prison
Women's Prison - Photo Compliments of Social Humming Bird


The Fremantle Prison was established in the mid-1800s and was in use until 1991. It was originally called 'The Convict Establishment' before being renamed in 1867 as the 'Fremantle Prison'. In contrast to prisons of today, both convicted men and women were placed 'behind bars' within the walls of this 'gaol'.

Fremantle Prison
A walk behind the bars - photo compliments of Social Humming Bird


The 'Behind the Bars' tours will take you back in time and show you what life was like almost 200 years ago. Unlike most prisoners of the time, you will be guided freely through the establishment.

Fremantle Prison
The Main Cell Block - photo compliments of Social Humming Bird


Tour Guides have a wealth of knowledge, so don't be surprised to be captured by some riveting tales that have tainted the walls within. With every metre you move, you will learn about the 'best' and the 'worse' experiences people had behind the 5 metre walls.

Fremantle Prison
Under Watch & Key - photo compliments of Social Humming Bird


Fremantle Prison has, ironically, never made it into any box office movie. When you walk into the main cell block, don't be taken aback by the uncanny similarities to the movie Alcatraz. I can guarantee that this is not a movie set. It is the 'real deal'.

Fremantle Prison
Original Artwork on Display - photo compliments of Social Humming Bird


The 'Behind the Bars' tour lasts for 1 hour 15 minutes. You will learn about the conviction that both men and women experienced as early as 1850. You will also have the opportunity to witness some extraordinary artwork done my inmates over the years. Notably, no food is allowed on the tour, however, you will see how food was made back in the day. It is truly a historical experience of 'True Crime'.

Fremantle Prison
From a Guard's Point of View - Photo Compliments of Social Humming Bird


The 'True Crime' tour lasts 1 hour 15 minutes. You will have the opportunity to 'see life' from both sides of the line. From the guard's viewpoint to the prisoner's perspective, you can be engrossed by true accounts that happened over decades. It was not an easy life for either party.

Fremantle Prison
Paying the Price for Crime - Photo Compliments of Social Humming Bird


The Fremantle Prison tours are well worth your investment, both financially and in time. I would suggest that you reserve the whole day for this experience.

Fremantle Prison
Photo Compliments of Social Humming Bird


There is a cafe onsite where you can enjoy a captivating menu. Of course, with a gift store nearby, you could easily purchase a few mementoes. There may even be a few 'convicts' looking for their next 'Great Escape'.

Fremantle Prison
Adopt a Convict - Photo Compliments of Social Humming Bird


COVID-19 has presented several rules that the public must adhere to. Thus, all guests will need to sign into the 'Trace and Track' procedure.

Fremantle Prison
CoVid Public Requirements - Photo Compliments by Social Humming Bird


There is plenty of paid parking outside which is roughly about $2.50 per hour. ou could also take public transport which could save you on parking fees.

Fremantle Prison
Original Artwork on Display - photo compliments of Social Humming Bird


While the tour is open to all ages, there are some gruesome exhibits that may leave a lasting impression. An example of this experience is the gallows. You will have the option to 'opt-out', however, I would err on the side of caution for younger children.

Fremantle Prison
The Residence of the Dirty Dozen - Photo Compliments of Social Humming Bird


Bookings are essential and can be done by calling: 08-9336 9200. Overall, this was by far one of the most engaging and entertaining tours I have been on in Perth. This would be a perfect 'escape' from boredom during the holidays.
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Why? Capturing the moment of the past
When: During Operating Hours
Phone: 08-9336 9200
Where: Fremantle Prison, 1 The Terrace, Fremantle WA 6160
Cost: From $22 per adult. Tour Packages are Avaiable.
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