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Fremantle Prison

Explore the cells, underground tunnels and artwork of a prison that housed transported British convicts and notorious Australian prisoners for over 130 years.


Fremantle Prison was constructed during the 1850s. During Australia’s convict era it housed prisoners transported from England and Ireland. In 1886 the jail was handed over to the colonial authorities to house locally-sentenced prisoners. The prison closed in 1991. Today the historic building is preserved as an internationally recognized World Heritage Site. The former prison houses a museum with artifacts and artwork by former prisoners and hosts a range of exciting tours.

Wander through the Main Cell Block and examine the tiny living quarters. Take the Doing Time Tour for an in-depth account of the prison’s history. Learn about the hanging of serial killer Eric Edgar Cooke, the last man to face capital punishment in Western Australia in 1964.

See the gallows where dozens met their end and be spellbound by tales of daring escapes, both successful and otherwise, on the Great Escapes Tour. Stare up at towering walls topped with razor wire, the rifle range and gun towers as you hear about the prison’s most ingenious escape artists. The best story is perhaps that of an inmate nicknamed Moondyne Joe, who notoriously escaped straight through the limestone walls.

Book a Tunnel Tour and put on a hard hat to descend into the underground tunnels that once supplied the prison and surrounding establishments with fresh water. They were dug out by convicts sentenced to hard labor in the late 19th century.

Join the Torchlight Tour to explore the prison at night. Listen to frightening and brutal stories as you trek past the whipping post and into the morgue.

A whole different experience is the Prison Art Tour. Wander from cell to cell and through the Prison Gallery to see wall paintings left behind by inmates. Head to the Visitor and Convict Centers to gaze at important artifacts and read up on key events in the prison’s history.

The Fremantle Prison is located about 13 miles (22 kilometers) south from Perth and is accessible by public transport. It’s open every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Check the website for tour prices and times.

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Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges ¥9,575
Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges

Cnr Marine Terrace and Essex St, Fremantle, WA
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Fremantle, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fremantle Markets and University of Notre Dame Australia. Fremantle Prison and Fremantle Passenger Terminal are also within 1 mi (2 km). Fremantle Station is 9 minutes by foot.

    Quest Fremantle ¥10,540
    Quest Fremantle

    Quest Fremantle

    8 Pakenham Street, Fremantle, WA
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Fremantle, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kings Square and University of Notre Dame Australia. Round House is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) away. Fremantle Station is only a 3-minute walk.

      Hougoumont Hotel ¥10,405
      Hougoumont Hotel

      Hougoumont Hotel

      15 Bannister Street, Fremantle, WA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on the Strip, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fremantle Markets and Fremantle Prison. University of Notre Dame Australia and Round House are also within 10 minutes. Fremantle Station is only a 5-minute walk.

        Norfolk Hotel ¥6,200
        Norfolk Hotel

        Norfolk Hotel

        47 South Terrace, Fremantle, WA
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Fremantle, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fremantle Markets and Fremantle Prison. University of Notre Dame Australia and Bathers Beach are also within 15 minutes. Fremantle Station is 8 minutes by foot.

          Fremantle Prison YHA ¥4,340
          Fremantle Prison YHA

          Fremantle Prison YHA

          6A The Terrace, Fremantle, WA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Fremantle, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Fremantle Prison and Fremantle Markets. University of Notre Dame Australia and Round House are also within 1 mi (2 km). Fremantle Station is 12 minutes by foot.

            Fremantle Colonial Cottages ¥12,813
            Fremantle Colonial Cottages

            Fremantle Colonial Cottages

            6 The Terrace, Fremantle, WA
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Fremantle, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Fremantle Prison and Fremantle Markets. University of Notre Dame Australia and Round House are also within 1 mi (2 km). Fremantle Station is 12 minutes by foot.

              Gallery Serviced Apartments ¥12,214
              Gallery Serviced Apartments

              Gallery Serviced Apartments

              185 High street, Fremantle, WA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Fremantle, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Fremantle Prison and Fremantle Markets. Fremantle Passenger Terminal and Round House are also within 15 minutes. Fremantle Station is 7 minutes by foot.

                Hamptons Inn ¥8,680
                Hamptons Inn

                Hamptons Inn

                34 Hampton Road (Corner Fothergill St), Fremantle, WA
                   
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this luxury bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Fremantle Prison and Fremantle Markets. University of Notre Dame Australia and Fremantle Passenger Terminal are also within 1 mi (2 km). Fremantle Station is 15 minutes by foot.