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“Great experience of a jail!”
Review of Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol
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US$19.99*
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Melbourne Self-Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #23 of 465 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is certainly amazing! This is an old jail that was closed in 1996. There's a proper experience wherein you would be taken as prisoner and walk through the jail premises. There's a pretended Jailor who does a great job and takes you through the various sections of the jail. One can see the entire history of the prison in the jail museum. It also talks about the notorious prisoners, hangman section, etc. that gives you enough information. It's a must go place!

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review.
Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit so much!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited here with friends and there, we could see the exhibitions and also enjoyed group tour. The guide was friendly and knowledgeable. In the goal, we felt how small, cold, and lonely to stay the rooms which prisoners spent their time. It was totally different things what I’m familiar with my daily life.If u want to have any extraordinary experience, this is the place for you.

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review.
its great to hear you had such a good time with us at the Gaol!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lovely half day at the Old Melbourne Gaol. When we first arrived we were unpleasantly surprised by the price as it was a bit higher than we would have thought / hoped. However, it was totally worth it! It is fascinating, shocking and interesting to see the cells and read about the crimes those who had been in those cells had (or hadn't) committed. We would highly recommend it!

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review.
Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Gaol!
It might also help to know that the entry fee also covers the ongoing maintenance of not only the Gaol but other National Trust properties so thank you so much for visiting!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My initial thoughts where that the entry fee was a little high but after I finished the tour throughout the goal decided it was fair.
Very interesting not just about Ned Kelley.
Allow at least an hour for lookinv at all the displays.

Thank paulanthonyf645
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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review.
Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and you're right, not just about Ned Kelly! Plenty to learn.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved it, very informative but also gave a bit of an eerie vibe. The first (and hopefully only, unless its another tour for entertainment purposes) gaol experience. Alot of things to learn. Loved it. I also took a mugshot as a souvenir to take home.

Thank Anniebelle L
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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review.
Yep, the Gaol has been known to give off a vibe on many occasions. Don't forget to share your mugshot on Facebook or Instagram! #oldmelbournegaol
We love to see them!

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