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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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UK National Trust members get in free, so make sure you take your cards with you. That's obviously a bonus, but we were going to pay anyway. You must also book the Watch... read more

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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UK National Trust members get in free, so make sure you take your cards with you. That's obviously a bonus, but we were going to pay anyway. You must also book the Watch Experience, which gets you arrested and processed just like a crim. Hard to imagine this was a working prison just 20 years ago, more like a Victorian... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We spent 4 days in Melbourne and, being history lovers, we decided to walk down from Carlton to the Gaol. The place is incredibly interesting and well worth the visit!

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Entertaining tour after dark around the Gaol with Trevor, our guide. Not a tour for serious ghost hunters, more a collection of spooky stories. Atmospheric 90 minutes.

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Walking around the old jail gave me a sense a dread. The massive stone walls, doors and tiny jail cells gives one a slight insight on how dreadful it must have been to serve time there. Each cell has a small exhibit on various prisoners who were either imprisoned here or executed here. Great write ups on who they were,... More 

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What a great tourist attraction in heart of Melbourne. We spent a few hours strolling through the gaol, heaps of interesting info, then got locked in a cell in a watch house tour. Guard was hysterically funny, loved it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The tour guides made the place! We had a fantastic guide who made it quite interesting for the least cultured people. Has some very interesting history. Would recommend for everyone

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we were first in a old prison, inside rooms seem alive, explain about people were in the past , and famous criminal people . after this we be arrested by the change sergeant . built in 188s, the Old melbourne Gaol is on of the Melbourne's oldest surviving buildings. view the cells where some of Australian's most notorius prisoners were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Old Melbourne Gaol is well worth a visit. The tour starts with a visit to the watch house where you get "arrested" and processed by the duty sergeant who made the process very realistic . You are locked in a cell and the lights are turned off. If you are good, you are let out into the exercise yard... More 

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Enjoyed the walk through history and the reenanctment of the life of Ned Kelly in which I was selected for a bit role :). Also found the "Watch Room" tour depicting how prisoners were processed interesting and the Sgt. was a great tour guide; I wouldn't mess with her!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Discovered this by simply looking at the tourist map and thought "that would be cool to go to". It really was. Very informative tour, and the Watch House was truly a unique experience all in itself. The whole thing is a "must see/do" while visiting Melbourne.

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