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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 today

This is a great destination with an important and interesting history. It has been well maintained and presented and as a visitor you get a good sense of the history of the buildings and it’s previ inhabitants. Admission was a little expensive but as a...More

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Reviewed yesterday

A must-do experience. If you're from the UK, remember to take your National Trust card as they do recognise that and you get free entry. Very well done, tours round at specified times so make sure you check these out first. Good experience, would recommend.

Thank Gill O
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a very well worth visit and if you are a english National Trust member free!! The tour is in two parts next door to each other, the Watch house where the guide plays a very stern sergeant who charges you and you are...More

Thank PETER R
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Reviewed yesterday

I didn't feel very lighthearted at the end of my visit but that probably meant that the gaol displays had done their job. Visitors get to enter the tiny cells and read about the crimes and punishment of notorious inmates, as well as look at...More

Thank Peter M
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Excellent watch house tour followed by a great display of information on the history of the prison. Would highly recommend.

Thank Oliver H
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A friend and I visited Melbourne Gaol, being able to walk around here and get a feel for the size of the cells and history of the prisoners is quite eerie! The death masks are so well detailed/preserved and in some of them you can...More

Thank Rachel G
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Overall melbourne doesn't offer so much places. Among those this gaol was quite a interesting visit. Lots of jail cell, hanging platform. Lots of ghost stories as well. You can be arrested and taken to a holding cell for a little experience. Great pic taking...More

Thank Malathinc
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Reviewed 5 days ago

What a fascinating history is attached to this old jail. The tour was very informative and brought to life how it must have been for the people housed in prison during its working existence. Associated with this is the Watchtower experience and visit to the...More

Thank Elena R
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is definitely a place worth visiting and if you are a National Trust Member (UK) you can get in free. Many of the cells are filled with information boards and some have death masks. The most famous being Ned Kelly. Make sure you go...More

Thank Swisshen
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Absolutely brilliant. Read a lot about how somber it is and it really is but the history and the way it is set out is just fantastic. Recommend doing the exercise on getting locked up and do take the time to read through, some really...More

Thank Louise1706
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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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Response from Sharonkitch |
$28 for an adult: family ticket was $65. Not sure if that restricts you to only 2 children. Way too pricy IMHO.
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