Fremantle Prison, originally known as The Convict Establishment, is one of Western Australia’s premier heritage tourism attractions. In August 2010 the Prison became the first building in Western Australia to be inscribed on to the prestigious World Heritage list as part of the Australian Convict Sites . It is currently the only World Heritage listed site in the Perth Metropolitan region.
Since opening as an attraction in 1992 Fremantle Prison has welcomed over three million people on a range of entertaining and educational guided tours.
In addition to its guided tour program the Prison also features exhibitions in the Prison Gallery, interpretive Visitors Centres, an onsite cafe and an award winning Gift Shop.
PLEASE NOTE: THE FREMANTLE VISITORS CENTRE CAN NOT ACCEPT ANY BOOKINGS USING DISCOUNT VOUCHERS OR PROMOTIONAL CODES. IN THIS CASE BOOKINGS SHOULD BE MADE DIRECTLY WITH FREMANTLE PRISON.
Built by convicts in the 1850s, Fremantle Prison was used as a place of incarceration for 136 years before being decommissioned as an operating maximum security gaol in 1991. The empty prison with its solitary cells and gallows is a monument to a system of punishment that is uncomfortably recent.
Visitors can step inside and do time with Fremantle Prison’s experienced guides on a range of fascinating tours.
Prison Day Tours highlight convict and prison life, daring escapes and colourful characters in tales laced with prison humour. Visitors with a spirit for adventure can descend 20 meters below the Prison to explore a one kilometre labyrinth of tunnels by foot and by boat on an underground Tunnels Tour or delve into the darker side of the Prison's history at night on a spooky Torchlight Tour.
Bookings are essential for Tunnels Tours and Torchlight Tours.
For more information on tours please visit the Fremantle Prison website at www.fremantleprison.com.au
Open to the public 7 days a week from 10.00am until 5.00pm, late on Wednesday and Friday evenings (the Prison is closed Good Friday and Christmas Day).
Parking and bathroom facilities are available for people with disabilities. As not all areas of the Prison are accessible by wheelchairs, discounted rates are offered to people with mobility disabilities. Free entry for carers on presentation of companion cards.
Accepted concession cards include- Seniors Card, Pensioner Card, Student Card, Backpacker Card (YHA, VIP, Nomads, Peter Pan). Concession rates are available for holders of valid and current concession cards. All concession cards must be presented at the Prison to be eligible for concession prices. Any adult seeking a concession must be the main beneficiary of the concession card. If cards are not presented on arrival the balance will need to be paid before commencement of the tour.
Carers admitted free of charge on presentation of valid Companion Cards.
Discount Vouchers are not excepted at the Fremantle Visitor Centre, these bookings need to be made direct with the Fremantle Prison
11 November 2017 - Fremantle Prison wins WA Tourism Award for Cultural Tourism
09 June 2017 - Fremantle Prison wins Fremantle Business Award for Tourism Excellence
30 May 2017 - For the fifth consecutive year, Fremantle Prison has been named as one of the best landmarks in Australia by travel website TripAdvisor in the 2017 TripAdvisor® Travellers’ Choice Awards.
Fremantle Prison is a Western Australian Tourism Awards Winner in the catergories of:
Major Tourist Attractions - 2006, 2008, 2009, 2015
Cultural Tourism - 2008, 2010, 2015,2016, 2017
Specialised Tourism Services (Gift Shop) - 2011
All tour tickets are non-transferable or refundable.
Please be advised that the Torchlight Tour is not recommended for children under 10 years of age.
Please see below for Tunnels Tour conditions:
* You will be alcohol breath tested and must register below the legal driving limit of 0.05
*Tour not suitable for those who are scared of heights or are claustrophobic (scared of tight or confined spaces).
* Boots will be provided however you must bring your own socks
* Long hair must be tied back
* You must have a reasonable level of fitness.
*All participants must meet physical weight requirements: Min 40kg; Max 140kg and fit safety equipment
*Participants must have the ability to climb independently and understand the tour conditions
*Children aged 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult (over +18). Students who are 16 or 17 can complete the tour without an adult as long as they have a declaration form co-signed by a parent/guardian aged +18.
*When booking the Tunnel tour please provide the names of each tour participant.
Map & Directions
Centrally located on The Terrace, it is two minutes walk from the Fremantle Markets and Cappuccino Strip.