Two-storey brick building in gravel courtyard.
South-west corner of Hyde Park Barracks. Photo © Anna Kucera / James Horan Photography Pty. Ltd. for Sydney Living Museums

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Plan your visit

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Open Thu to Sun
10am–5pm

Discover the stories of the Hyde Park Barracks through a self-guided immersive experience that will feel like stepping back in time.

Using our groundbreaking interactive audio technology, you’ll follow in the footsteps of real people whose lives were touched by this place – male convicts, immigrants and women in need, as well as the Aboriginal nations that were impacted by colonial Australia.

Sessions start every half hour and run for about 90 minutes.
Visitors will be given a sanitised iPod and headphones on arrival. If possible, you are encouraged to bring and use your own headset (standard 3.5mm jack or a lightning connector for Apple earpods required).

Entry

Adult $24
Concession $20
Child (5-15 years) $16
Child under 5 Free
Family $64
Opening offer 20% discount for NSW residents

Members enjoy free entry. Buy your membership now.

Please read our important COVID-19 conditions of entry before booking your tickets.

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By public transport

The Hyde Park Barracks is located at the southern (Hyde Park) end of Macquarie Street, next to The Mint.

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Train

The Hyde Park Barracks is a 5-minute walk from St James Station (T2, T3, T4 and T8 train lines), and a 7-minute walk from Martin Place Station (T4 train line).

Bus

The nearest bus stops are on Elizabeth Street at Hyde Park, which is a 5-minute walk away.

The 200 bus, which runs between Chatswood and Bondi Junction train stations on Mondays to Fridays only, stops on Macquarie Street.

For up-to-date timetables or to find the quickest public transport routes, visit the Transport Infoline or call 131500.

By road

There is no public parking at the Hyde Park Barracks.

Buses can stop on Prince Albert Road to drop off and pick up passengers. There are bus parking zones on Macquarie Street where drivers are required to remain with their vehicles.

Parking

The Domain parking station offers a special discount to Hyde Park Barracks visitors who pre-book a parking spot online. Select Book a Bay and enter the promo code SLM. The parking station is a 10-minute walk from the Hyde Park Barracks. Enter from St Marys Road.

Please note: discount offer is available weekdays only (excluding earlybird parking). Weekend rates are already discounted.

Limited metered parking is available in the streets around the Royal Botanic Garden and Hyde Park.

Bicycle parking

There is no secure parking for bicycles at the Hyde Park Barracks.

Cloaking

There are no cloaking facilities on site.

Toilets

Toilets are located in the rear building. There is a male and a female ambulant toilet and a family room with a change table. There is also an accessible toilet.

Shop

The Hyde Park Barracks shop is located in the main building.

Site map

Hyde Park Barracks site map

Visitors will be given a sanitised iPod and headphones on arrival. If possible, you are encouraged to bring and use your own headset (standard 3.5mm jack or a lightning connector for Apple earpods required).

The Hyde Park Barracks experience uses immersive audio technology which is cleverly designed to make visitors feel as if they themselves have stepped back in time.

As visitors move around the museum, our technology can tell where they are and make sure that what they hear through the headset matches their location.

The self-guided audio experience is suitable for ages 8+.

Sessions start every half hour and you can enter at any time within your 30 minute session entry time. The experience takes about 90 minutes to complete.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that the experience contains names and images of people who have passed away.

Some rooms include bright, flickering lights and large scale projections of the ocean.

Currently there are no scheduled events at Hyde Park Barracks.

The following accessible versions of the self-guided experience are available:

  • A mobility self-guided experience option for wheelchair users (the main Barracks building has lift access).
  • Neck loops for hearing aid with telecoil (“T” switch). These are compatible with the audio device. Not suitable for visitors with pacemakers.
  • An iPad with descriptive text for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.

If you require an accessible version of the self-guided experience, we recommend booking it prior to your visit by calling 02 8239 2211 during business hours or by emailing bookings@slm.com.au. Alternatively, you can inquire when you arrive at the Ticketing desk. Please note that numbers of iPad devices are limited, and subject to availability.

All accessibility equipment is cleaned and sanitised according to NSW Health guidelines.

Access aids

The following access aids are available for free hire:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Video magnifiers

If you require an access aid, we recommend booking it prior to your visit by calling 02 8239 2211 during business hours. Alternatively, you can inquire when you arrive at the Ticketing desk. Please note that access aid equipment is limited, and subject to availability.

Information for visitors with physical disability and mobility issues

A mobility version of the self-guided experience is available for wheelchair users.

Wheelchair access

Due to the heritage nature of the site, wheelchair users follow a continuous and consistent path through the Hyde Park Barracks.  This path of travel can be viewed on Site Map.

Wheelchairs are available for free hire. We recommend booking a wheelchair prior to your visit.

Lifts and ramps

There are a number of entrances to the Hyde Park Barracks from Macquarie Street and Prince Albert Road. We recommend entering the Hyde Park Barracks via the main entrance on Macquarie Street.

There is lift access in the main Barracks building. Ramp access is provided across the site where needed to ensure a continuous and consistent path.

Carers’ information

Carers are offered free entry to the museum when they visit in an attendant role. If you or your carer wish to purchase tickets in advance of your visit please call Bookings on 02 8239 2211 during business hours and we will arrange for a free carer ticket with paid ticket. Alternatively, you can inquire when you arrive at the Ticketing desk. Please ensure your Companion Card or carer card is presented on arrival.

Information for visitors who are blind or have low vision

Video magnifiers are available for free hire. We recommend booking a video magnifier prior to your visit.

We welcome assistance animals, and a water bowl is available at the rear building.

As part of the experience, there is a tactile model of the Hyde Park Barracks.

Information for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing

iPads with descriptive text are available for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing.

We recommend booking an iPad with descriptive text prior to your visit, as numbers of these devices are limited and they are subject to availability.

Information for visitors with autism or sensory sensitivities

Tips for a low-sensory visit

Minimise the time you or your family spends in a queue by buying tickets online before your visit.

Some rooms include bright, flickering lights and large scale projections of the ocean which may cause sensory overload, spatial disorientation or motion sickness.

For more information in advance of your visit call 02 8239 2211 during business hours. Alternatively, you can inquire when you arrive at the Ticketing desk.

School groups

Find out more about Learning groups at the Hyde Park Barracks, including available programs and other resources.

Other groups

Contact the Bookings team to discuss your group booking:

Bookings
T +61 2 8239 2211
E bookings@slm.com.au

Remember your Hyde Park Barracks visit, purchase the souvenir book.

The souvenir book showcases some of the stories told at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks, a fascinating building that holds the key to understanding Australia’s modern beginnings.

The book is available: