Pentridge Prison

Established in 1851 and largely constructed in the period 1858 – 64, Pentridge is the largest prison complex constructed in Victoria in the 19th century, and operated as the central establishment in the wider prison system from the early 1860s. The complex of buildings, which remain on site, demonstrate a number of phases in the development of the penal system, including the ‘separate system’, which dominated penology in Victoria in the 19th century.

Until its closure in 1996, Pentridge was Victoria’s central prison and the most well-known and used gaol in the State’s history. Most of Victoria’s convicted and notorious criminals were gaoled there between 1900 and the 1990s. In 1967, Ronald Ryan, who was convicted of the murder of a prison officer during an escape from Pentridge, became the last person in Victoria to be hanged at Pentridge.

The aesthetic significance of the 19th century prison buildings at Pentridge derives from their monumental scale and austere Classical style, expressive of the requirements of containment and order and typical of prison buildings constructed in Victoria in the 1850’s and 1860’s. It also derives from the almost ubiquitous use of ashlar bluestone, much of it quarried on site.

Now open for tours, visitors are able to explore the former prison’s B Division and the notorious H Division. Nights tours and family-friendly tours are also offered.

This is a place that challenges and confronts, deeply connected to the social and cultural fabric of Australia. The stories within this journey are deep, unique, and expose the intricacies of prison punishment.


Place Details

Opening Times

Monday, Thursday & Friday

Saturday & Sunday

Night Tours
Thursday - Saturday
6.30pm & 8.30pm

7 Days during Victorian School Holidays.
Closed on Good Friday & Christmas Day


B-Division Tour

H-Division Tour

Night Tour

Family Tour
From $20

National Trust Members receive FREE general admission. Excludes Night Tours.


1 Champ Street, Coburg VIC 3058

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Pentridge Prison


1 Champ Street, Coburg VIC

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3-hours complimentary parking is available under the Pentridge Shopping Centre.

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