Given the archaic look of the place, it's impossible to believe that this old jail operated until 1924, the end of a terrifying career that spanned 2 centuries. A visit here is creative and interactive -- after passing under the hanging beam, visitors are lined up against the wall of the "day room" and confronted with some dark facts of prison life in 1799, when more than 400 prisoners, most of them rebels, occupied the jail's 42 cells. After years of being fed once every 4 days and allowed to walk in the prison yard for 15 minutes a month, prisoners must have warmed to the idea of the hangman's noose. Within the main cellblock, you can roam the cells and visit informative exhibitions. The impact of these stories is immediate and powerful for children as well as for adults, because this jail held both. Many prisoners were sent from here to penal colonies in Australia and Tasmania; that story, too, is told here, with the help of a stage-set wharf and prison ship. There's an in-house cafe, but if you've still got an appetite after that, you're doing better than us. The jail is said to be very haunted indeed, and a lively, nighttime tour of the Gaol takes place on the last Friday of every month, although this is unsuitable for children.