Book your visit

Day tours

Friends of J Ward volunteers conduct tours each Sunday and Wednesday at 10am. Group bookings can be made by special arrangement.

Due to the Health and Safety Policy of Melbourne Polytechnic all day tours of Aradale will be cancelled on a day of Total Fire Ban in the South West Fire District. If this eventuates, the Friends of J Ward will notify all online customers and also refund the cost of the ticket.

  • Approximate duration: 2 hours
  • Tours commence from the Grano Street entrance
  • Due to the walking involved, parental discretion is advised when taking young children
  • Accessibility – stairs, no wheelchairs
  • Toilets – available during the tour
  • Photos – yes
  • Participants will gain a greater understanding of the history of Victorian Mental Health System.
  • Please ensure you bring a hat, some water and some sunscreen!

Tickets can be purchased online (below), by cash or card on the day.

  • Adult $22
  • Concession $18
  • Child (16 and under) $5
  • Family (2 adults, 2 children) $50

Group tours can be organised. The cost is $18 per head for minimum of 10 people.

Refunds

There are no refunds for change of mind. You can change the date of your tour with a minimum of 24 hours notice. A new date must be chosen at the time of re-schedule. Your order is voided by non-attendance and late cancellation.

Discovery Centre - located at J Ward

PLEASE NOTE: The Discovery Centre does not include a tour of J Ward. The Discovery Centre includes entry to J Ward for the purpose of accessing archived records.

If you book into the Discovery Centre and intend to do a tour, you will be charged the difference in admission price upon arrival.

Adults $5, under 16 free. Tickets can be purchased online (below) or by cash or card on the day.

Tea, coffee and soft drink are included in the admission price.

Saturdays and Sundays

11am - 2pm (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

Due to limited availability of the volunteer staff admission may not be possible after 11am.

Accessibility

J Ward was built between 1859 and 1861 and disabled access was not considered. There are two main sets of stairs in the buildings.

The first is at the front door. An alternative entrance is available. Speak to the guide or phone the front desk on 5352 2703 for assistance.

There is a stairway to the Discovery Centre. An alternative accessibility option is able to be provided to ensure access to digitised and physical records is accessible to all.

Our volunteers will do their best to give all visitors an interesting experience, keeping in mind these unavoidable restrictions.

A disabled toilet is available at J Ward.

Certified assistance dogs are welcome at J Ward.

Refunds

There are no refunds for change of mind. You can change the date of your visit with a minimum of 24 hours notice. A new date must be chosen at the time of re-schedule. Your order is voided by non-attendance and late cancellation.

Book online