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Escape to Pentridge


The former Pentridge Prison in the northern suburb of Coburg, Melbourne has been dramatically transformed. The decommissioned landmark of controversial history is now a residential and retail precinct.
The depth of the site’s cultural significance guided its redevelopment, where considered design elements recognise the history entrenched in the space.
In the heart of the precinct, in what used to be the parade ground or mustering yard, is the new Central Piazza, located between the heritage protected bluestone buildings, and next to the new retail centre and cinema designed by architects the Buchan Group.
The piazza supports the redevelopment plan of a renewed lease of life for the heritage listed building and grounds by incorporating the use of rescued materials from the original site ensuring the prolific stories hosted by the site are not lost or forgotten.

What's On

Join ASPECT Studios for a guided walking tour of the key Pentridge Plaza spaces. Lead designer Warwick Savvas will share his anecdotes and knowledge of the interpretation of previous uses that have been installed.
A self-guided tour is also available, using the map attached.
An historical / interpretation centre is located on-site for further information to the past, as well as what can be found today: https://pentridgecoburg.com.au/

Images: (1) Pentridge main piazza. (2) Pentridge main entrance. (3) Mustering lines of the prisoners embedded through concrete lines and crosses. (4) Wayfinding signage, delivered by ASPECT Studios' specialist wayfinding team. (5) Children playing in the piazza. All photos: Dianna Snape.

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 30 July
Tours run 10am, 11am
Running for 45 minutes in groups of up to 30 people. Bookings not required. Tour group capacity is limited and operates on a first come, first in basis.

Saturday 30 + Sunday 31 July
Open 7am-9pm

Meet at point 1 on the map – the front entry on Champ Street under the towers.
Please note while the precinct itself is fully accessible, the route of this tour includes some locations that are not fully accessible to wheelchairs or prams.

Age Requirements

All Ages


Accessible parking nearby
Partially wheelchair accessible


1 Champ St, Coburg 3058


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