Attractions & Experiences
Old Gaol and Taylor's Cottage
From 1867 to 1969 the Old Gaol was the local lock up for petty criminals awaiting trial or serious offender awaiting transport to Perth or Fremantle gaols. Sentences of four weeks or less were served at the gaol.
The spelling “Gaol” come from Norman French and the spelling and pronunciation “Jail” comes from Parisian French.
Originally located at the rear of 3 Meadow Street Guildford. It is believed this cottage was originally built as a stable c.1863 then converted to a home for the Taylor family in the early 1880’s. In 1983 it was dismantled by volunteers, relocated to Guildford Museum Precinct and is now part of the Museum managed by the Swan Guildford Historical Society (Inc).
Contact: The Swan Guildford Historical Society: 9379 1829 Or contact the Visitor Centre for more information.
The Old Gaol and Taylor’s Cottage are in the same grounds as the Swan Valley Visitor Centre on the corner of Meadow and Swan Streets Guildford.
Swan Valley Visitor Centre
GUILDFORD Western Australia 6055
Tel:(08) 9379 1829
Opening Days and Times
Opening days/hours are:
Wednesday – 10 - 3
Friday – 9.30 - 2
Saturday – 10 – 3
Groups bookings, other days and times by appointment. Phone 9379 1829
Entry: A donation of $2.00 per adult. Accompanied children under sixteen are free of charge.
Directions by CarComing from Guildford or Midland along James Street, head north onto Meadow Street, on the right just before the roundabout.
ParkingAvailable onsite and roadside. Accessible parking bays provided.
Directions by TrainStop at Guildford Train Station on the Perth to Midland line.