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Old Melbourne Gaol

377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9656 9889
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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.
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377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Shows you how was the first jail in Melbourne with it’s stories especially the one about Ned Kelly The watch tower experience tour is highly recommended and so enjoyable

Thank Maged M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visit the old gaol which was the final place Ned Kelly saw out his days. Highly informative notices in the cells and on the landings and see the trap door and hangman’s noose from which he would drop through. Then on to the courthouse, still...More

Thank EastbourneBusdriver
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We LOVED it! (We live in the CBD & took our UK guests here) The four of us weren't really expecting to be creeped out as much as we were but as soon as the hangman came down those stairs, I had chills!! He was...More

Thank Sam J
Reviewed 5 days ago

There is lots to see, read and learn and you could spend almost all day here. It's good to be able to walk inside the prison, many features being the same as they were when it was in use. Each cell has been used to...More

Thank Jade-Stamford
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. There certainly is lots to learn!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even more then I expected. Very informative in every cell you walk into. One can spend hours there and immerse yourself in the eara of Ned Kelly. Definitely visit the hang mans noose and read the stories of many civilians that were wronged by the...More

Thank Donna M
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review. Its so great to hear you enjoyed your visit so much! We hope you do come back again and again!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I must admit that this place gave me the creeps! It is very eerie and atmospheric. Excellent information in the cells and lots of historical facts. If you are a National trust member and have a card entrance is free. (The guy on the till...More

Thank Rick H
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you got so much out of your visit, despite the creepiness!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A historical and interesting spot. Worth a visit. Less toddler friendly. Have you ever been to prisons elsewhere, then there are no surprises here. Though you get a nice introduction, the ‘watch house experience’, it is mostly cells with various displays if you take the...More

Thank Thomas N
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review. Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit! You may like to know that part of your entry fee also assists with the maintenance of not only the Gaol but other National Trust properties, so thank you so much for...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Went just expecting to walk around the old gaol. But the Ned Kelly story was actually pretty good. There is a lot of information on old prisoners, but it's a pre small gaol, well the part you can access is anyway.

Thank Mykimike25
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review. Its great to hear we were able to exceed your expectations!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recently went on the City Gaol tour whilst on holiday in Australia and I must say what an enjoyable time. Very informative and truly historic, fascinating the death masks and rationale why they produced them, obviously the big attraction was the Ned Kelly aspects...More

Thank S W
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit with us at the Gaol. Hoping the rest of your trip was just as good!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Was lucky enough to have a concert and dinner in the gaol. Was an amazing venue, what an experience. Can thoroughly recommend it 100% as an attraction

Thank aaron2406
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your review. How wonderful to hear you had such a great time! Its certainly a unique venue isn't it!

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lele809
16 July 2016|
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Response from Stacey H | Reviewed this property |
You have to telephone the Gaol or check out the website for night tours, they have three and they run on different nights. I think they release the nights and times up to 2 weeks before. These are different to the day tours.
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Kylie C
3 July 2016|
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Response from adelcomp | Reviewed this property |
As best as I can remember, access was via ramp, and an elevator is available to access all three levels.
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kimmybuch
28 February 2016|
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Hi there, All of our ticket pricing information is located on the Old Melbourne Gaol website. General Admission tickets for adults are $25 and for children 5-15 years old the cost is $13.50. For two adults and two children... More
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