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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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+61 3 8663 7228
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century...

Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison, be arrested in a modern-day Police Station or put yourself on trial in court.Home to Melbourne's oldest prison, historic Magistrates' Court and former Police City Watch House, Russell Street has been at the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840s. Most of Australia’s infamous characters, including iconic bushranger, Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within the walls of this amazing precinct. A ticket to the Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia.

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Well worth the visit, especially for history buffs!

Enjoyed the walk through history and the reenanctment of the life of Ned Kelly in which I was selected for a bit role :). Also found the "Watch Room" tour depicting how prisoners... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Belleville, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed the walk through history and the reenanctment of the life of Ned Kelly in which I was selected for a bit role :). Also found the "Watch Room" tour depicting how prisoners were processed interesting and the Sgt. was a great tour guide; I wouldn't mess with her!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Discovered this by simply looking at the tourist map and thought "that would be cool to go to". It really was. Very informative tour, and the Watch House was truly a unique experience all in itself. The whole thing is a "must see/do" while visiting Melbourne.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Oh this place was great to see. The tour guide was fantastic. We were able to take photos and take part in the scenarios . It was fun but also informative. A great place to go and visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The last time I was here was in 2003 and I was happy to see that some of the information had been updated. I can't remember if the tour existed back then but it was really fun to do. Make sure to check out the Melbourne tourist guides for 25% off coupons.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I went to the Old Melbourne Gaol not having any expectations and as soon as you buy your tickets you can either go to the court house and see where the prisoners would stay and the conditions. It only shut down in 1994. After the courthouse tour which was fantastic we headed back into the old Gaol where you find... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

i went to watch the Australian open.this facility is fantastic.they cater so well for all the crowds. it doesnt feel too claustrophobic.t he drinks and food selection is excellent.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

this place is great for school excursions or for people who want to see what our old jail looked like so many years ago before they built these new ones. Their is also the noose that ned kelly was hang by. It has so much history behind these closed doors been in and is a little scary. Great place to... More 

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It was good to see some of the old jail but the information boards/exhibits felt like they could have done with a bit of updating

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Old Melbourne Gaol and the attached Watch House tour is a must do. They were running a short play about the life of Ned Kelly which we happened to arrive just in time for and it was well worth it. I think everyone thinks they know the story of Ned Kelly but this tells it from the perspective of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I learnt a lot the day I visited Old Melbourne Gaol, more death masks than I was expecting (a little creepy). They explain who each person the mask belongs too and what crime they committed. It is only a section of the prison so it is one wing and has 3 levels. I don't remember seeing a lift (elevator), but... More 

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