Friends of J Ward hope to be able to reopen our Day tours of J Ward and Aradale on Monday 8 November. We are anticipating the Covid restrictions being eased after Victoria reaches 80% Fully Vaccinated. Initially only fully vaccinated visitors will be able to participate and you will be required to present proof of vaccination.

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).

“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!”