Join one of our experienced Tour Guides and step back in time to discover the convict history of Western Australia’s most significant heritage attraction.

Arriving in Fremantle in 1850, the job of the first convicts was to build themselves a prison. Construction of Fremantle Prison began in 1852, and by 1855 convicts had moved into the partially completed Main Cell Block.

The Prison operated as a central depot for receiving and housing male convicts and was a site of secondary punishment for re-offenders. Convicts supplied the physical labour needed to build roads, bridges, jetties, lighthouses and other public works in the Swan River Colony. During the 1860s there was liberal use of brutal punishments such as solitary confinement and floggings, and a correspondingly large number of escape attempts.

By the end of convict transportation, in 1868, almost 10,000 men and boys had passed through Fremantle Prison. Discover our history through their stories.

  • Saturday 29 April - 10.15am - SOLD OUT
  • Saturday 20 May - 10.15am
Tour length 1 hour 15 minutes
Prices Gold Coin Donation
Wheelchair access This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs or prams

Bookings essential || (08) 9336 9205 or email


 These tours are being held as part of the 2017 Australian Heritage Festival.