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West Terrace Cemetery


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The West Terrace Cemetery, a unique open-air museum and working cemetery, has been a feature of Adelaide since Colonel William Light laid out the city in 1837. Now the iconic city landmark reveals much, if not more, of Adelaide's character than some of the more famous attractions. Step inside West Terrace Cemetery and the traffic fades away to reveal a hidden city of marble and slate. The creaking pines and old headstones, steeped in Victorian sentiment and symbolism, will transport you to another place and time. While the monuments tease the imagination, giving up the secrets of those who once lived in this charming city. Join our guides as they bring to life more than 175 years of real south Australian stories. Guided tours run every Tuesday and Sunday morning, while the West Terrace Cemetery by Night sound and light experience runs every Friday night. Bookings are essential for all guided tours. For the budget conscious, these captivating and long forgotten stories can be discovered by following one of the free self-guided trails. There are five in total. Simply pick up a trail brochure just inside the main entrance to West Terrace Cemetery and start your journey of discovery.