Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, J Ward and Aradale will be closed from 13 July until further notice. Read more

Take a guided tour of J Ward, Ararat's Old Gaol and Lunatic Asylum. Hear stories of murderers, ghosts and mistreatment of mental illness.

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, 11am, 1pm and 2pm each day with  extra tours at 12pm and 3pm on Sundays and Victorian public and school holidays (except Christmas Day).

“Such a beautiful old building with a haunting past.”

— JohnG3121, Melbourne, August 2016

“One of the best tours we have been on. It felt really creepy down in the kitchen and Richard's murder stories didn't help ally our fears.”

— JanandAnne, September 2016

“Sensational tour, run by highly knowledgeable and engaging volunteers. Where would we be without volunteers!”