Take a guided tour of J Ward, Ararat's Old Gaol and Lunatic Asylum. Hear stories of its time as a gaol with murderers and thieves and later as the home for Victoria's criminally insane.

J Ward is 2.5 hours from Melbourne, close to the Grampians and open daily for tours by passionate Friends of J Ward volunteers. More than 10,000 people visit each year.

Tours run at 10am and 1pm each day with  extra tours at 11am and 2pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Victorian public and school holidays (except Christmas Day).

“It was great! We all loved it, very informative, but thank goodness times have moved on.”

— Sheila Cook, 2023

“Thank you for the tours that we were a part of last Sunday 16th April. We really enjoyed spending the day learning about the history of both Aradale and J Ward. The tour at Aradale was very informative and the guides were engaging with their information and stories, and great at answering any questions the group had.”

— Emma Kearst 2023

“Absolutely loved our tour and we're loving Ararat. The guide , not only full of stories but so giving of her time. A perfect person to show us the museum. Thank you a million times for our lovely day out.”