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Swan Valley Visitor Centre

Guildford Heritage Precinct

The Guildford Heritage Precinct features buildings of aesthetic significance to the people of Western Australia as examples of public buildings dating from the early decades of colonial settlement in the state.

The Guildford Courthouse is home to the Swan Valley Visitor Centre and also houses the Cradle of the Colony exhibition.

Other buildings within the Precinct include the Colonial Gaol and Taylor's Cottage.

The Courthouse and Gaol make an important contribution to Meadow Street as a physical record of civic buildings in the centre of Guildford from 1841 to the present day, demonstrating an evolution of design and usage that shows the development of policing in the town.

These buildings are also a benchmark for the development of the penal system in Western Australia, particularly because of the involvement of convicts in their construction. The Gaol, in its time, housed infamous criminals including Moondyne Joe, the bushranger who was captured at Houghton Wine Cellars on the outskirts of the town of Guildford.   


Contact Us

Corner Meadow and Swan Streets
Guildford Western Australia  6055

Tel:(08) 9207 8899


Opening Days and Times

Accessible for viewing externally when closed

Guildford Courthouse (Swan Valley Visitor Centre)

Monday to Sunday all year (closed Christmas Day)

From 9.00am to 4.00pm

Colonial Gaol and Taylor's Cottage

Operated by the Swan Guildford Historical Society

Hours subject to change - visit the listing page


  • Disabled Access
  • Wheelchair accessible toilets
  • Bike racks
  • Toilets

Directions by Car

Coming from Guildford or Midland along James Street, head north onto Meadow Street, the Swan Valley Visitor Centre is located on the right just before the roundabout.


Available onsite and roadside. Accessible parking bays provided.

Directions by Train

Stop at Guildford Train Station on the Perth to Midland line.

Guildford Courthouse
Cnr Meadow and Swan Streets

Phone: +61 8 9207 8899
PO Box 196 Midland WA 6936
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A selection of maps and brochures are available to help you plan your next Swan Valley adventure - Download them or even have them posted out to you.

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