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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.
Child (5-15 years) $16
Child under 5 Free
Opening offer 20% discount for NSW residents
Members enjoy free entry. Buy your membership now.
By public transport
The Hyde Park Barracks is located at the southern (Hyde Park) end of Macquarie Street, next to The Mint.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Limited metered parking is available in the streets around the Royal Botanic Garden and Hyde Park.
There is no secure parking for bicycles at the Hyde Park Barracks.
There are no cloaking facilities on site.
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.
The Hyde Park Barracks shop is located in the main building.
Food & Drink
Enjoy coffee, lunch and high tea at the Bullion Bar and Dining restaurant located next door at The Mint.
All Hyde Park Barracks ticketholders can enjoy an exclusive discount on food and beverage.
Open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. Find out more.
Visitors are given an iPod and headset at the ticketing desk.
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 of people who have passed away.
Find out more about upcoming 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).
- 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. Alternatively, you can inquire when you arrive at the Ticketing desk. Please note that numbers of iPad devices are limited, and subject to availability.
The following access aids are available for free hire:
- Video magnifiers
- Sensory kits
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sensory packs for children are available for free hire. We recommend booking a sensory pack prior to your visit.
Find out more about Learning groups at the Hyde Park Barracks, including available programs and other resources.
Contact the SLM Bookings team to discuss your group booking:
T +61 2 8239 2211
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: