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The Lock-Up

90 Hunter St, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
+61 2 4925 2265
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After reading many amazing reviews we couldn't wait to vist the lock up. To our disappointment it... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2017
Ingleburn, Australia
via mobile
Attended an Engagement Party Here

The Gaol is amazing. Deep history and lovely contemporary Art. Our sons engagement party was held... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2017
Steve A
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Located in the heart of Newcastle’s heritage precinct in the city's original Police Station and Lock-Up, The Lock-Up Cultural Centre combines a museum with heritage cells, art gallery and artist-in-residence program to create a unique destination with a range of cultural activities not offered anywhere else in Newcastle or the Hunter Valley.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
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90 Hunter St, Newcastle, New South Wales 2300, Australia
+61 2 4925 2265
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Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

After reading many amazing reviews we couldn't wait to vist the lock up. To our disappointment it is not functioning as a jail tour any more . It was hosting a gallery presentation. The exhibition itself was fantastic and the guide was lovely. But all...More

Thank Kellbells4
Reviewed 31 May 2017

The Gaol is amazing. Deep history and lovely contemporary Art. Our sons engagement party was held here and I assume it was catered for by an external company. Location is fantastic for this in the courtyard. I missed the padded cell, damn. The Loft staff...More

Thank Steve A
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Always interesting - sometimes confronting but well worth a visit. Set in the old police station atmosphere abounds.

Thank geowyo
Reviewed 21 March 2017

The lock-up is an intriguing contemporary art space in Newcastle. Housed in the old Police Station on Hunter Street this gallery features several unique art spaces in the old cells of the Station. A must for any visitor or Newcastle local this space is free...More

Thank Matthew C
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We just viewed the Every Breath exhibition which was small but fantastic. This is the old prison so just the building itself is wonderful to explore. The exhibition was set up through the old cells, exercise yard, women's cells. This exhibition was free and the...More

Thank Mel F
Reviewed 12 October 2016

A truly fascinating part of Newcastle's history, the lock up has a number of immaculately kept former prison rooms. The exhibitions held there are also worth going for alone.

Thank KarolaRS
Reviewed 27 August 2016

we spent a wonderful week in newcastle recently, we did so many wonderful things and got to see everything we had on our list, unfortunately we missed out on the lock up, because it was closed, settting up there new display we were told when...More

1  Thank judy t
Reviewed 17 July 2016

The Lock-Up has revolving exhibits and are interesting as they relate to the culture, history, or a current topic. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys are and the venue itself is engaging as it served a lockup.

Thank Starrrshots
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Cool transformation into a modern art gallery. I've never been in a prison, so that was sombering. Some of the exhibits are a bit far-out and political, but for free is an interesting stop for sight-seeing. Next door, sharing a door is an unusual artsy...More

Thank LVioletD
Reviewed 23 June 2016

This space is deeply embedded with past memory and significance. Adds a poignancy to artworks exhibited in this space

1  Thank Jennifer F
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27 July 2017|
Response from geowyo | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is open from 10 am on Saturday and 11 on sunday and yes just turn up ..