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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 8663 7228
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00

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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Good value for money. My husband and I visited the Gaol and stayed for almost three hours. We found it very informative and very well put together. It not only told you about the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good value for money. My husband and I visited the Gaol and stayed for almost three hours. We found it very informative and very well put together. It not only told you about the convicts it also gave a good insight into the early days of Melbourne. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the tour with the real experience of being arrested! Sargent was great and we all had a laugh! good experience, would reccomend to all ages

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The kids were super keen to visit here as they have been learning about Ned Kelly. To see his death mask and to see where he was hung was just the highlight of the trip. It is a dark place mentally - it is full of rich history, the hangman box and the numerous death masks reveal how horrifying this... More 

Thank Ann M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you visit here I recomend that you go through the watch house expericence of getting arrested.The Sargent that runs it is excelent.The Gaol itself is creepy and interesting and worth it. Recomend this to all.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hadn't been here for years and years even though I live in melbourne. A very interesting history and a lot of insight into how it would have been in the 1800s and early 1900s.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Old Melbourne Jail was fascinating - the guide was informative and interesting. The students particularly liked the Ned Kelly exhibit and the self guided exploration of the cells and rack.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We paid extra to be arrested and thrown in jail. They brought in a group of about 20 people, children & adults alike. It was very fun, and a good laugh for the whole family. The staff was absolutely perfect in their condemnation of us and their swift justice. We were all in stitches. Also, we saw where Ned Kelly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived at the goal and thought we'd better see it and by the end we were really glad we did. On entry we went to pay and were advised by the receptionist that if you are a member of the National Trust in the UK you can get free entry to a number of national trust establishments in Australia... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour. Lots of history and stories, plus he was happy to answer questions too. Interesting cells and memorabilia. The noose and stories of Ned Kelly's incarceration and hanging also very good. The 'tour'/cajoling in the more modern prison wing was great fun. Cold inside but, hey, its a prison and it wasn't meant to be easy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A couple of hours well spent and good value for money. We visited the Gaol and looked around by ourselves but for an extra $5 you can have a guided tour. Then we went for the watch house experience, which is included in the ticket price, which not only shows you the cells but you are treated to the experience... More 

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