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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
+61 3 9656 9889
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Took a group of students for a guided tour in early September. Troy was our tour guide, he was excellent! He kept the kids engaged and we all learned a lot. Would recommend for city excursions.

Thank Caitlin M
Reviewed yesterday

Our family of two adults and two kids (ages 9 and 11) absolutely loved visiting the Old Melbourne Gaol. The jail is pretty much as it was in the old days, and there are informative exhibits in many of the cells to give a better...More

Thank TeaSip
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did the 'self service' tour. Interesting stories behind all the prisoners who faced the long drop. We also got ourselves arrested, charged and remanded which was good fun.

Thank JoanneandPeter
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We arrived at old Melbourne Gaol just before 12 on Saturday. We chose Saturday for the Ned Kelly theatrical performance and watch house experience, that was included in the general admission price. Both of which were interactive and informative ways to learn about the history...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I recently visited this place with friends. It is located in the heart of Melbourne and can be accessible by walk.The prison is very famous one where the notorious need kelly was hanged.Guided tours are available and we will get much information there.The prison has...More

Thank rea2der
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had a great time, lots of reading but it was interesting information. We did the hangmans tour and it was great, little spooky being there in the dark. Watchhouse experience was fun.

Thank Crystal P
Reviewed 1 week ago

If in Melbourne, many are encouraged to visit this historical icon particularly since it was the site of Ned Kelly' demise. However, given the cost .... It is a bit over rated! Yes, there are interesting pieces such as death masks and the gallows where...More

Thank Phil P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best part was the watch house experience. They pretend you have been arrested. And show you the cells as they were left. In the gaol you saw death masks and lots of info, but lots of reading. Ned Kelly's death mask is there. It...More

Thank Melaniecw75
Reviewed 1 week ago

Guide did well to tell the tale of the lost souls who entered and suffered therein. Different levels of punishment (Dante?) and of course the infamous Ned Kelley. One can see the action of the hangman's trap.

Thank Anise2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

Totally loved the lock up experience! The officer made it fun and interactive! It was historic and quite spooky.

Thank abbylim1991
Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways
tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary
feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the
city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques,
throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
never quite know what you’ll find around the next
corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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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.
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.
28 February 2016|
Response from National Trust ... A |
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