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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
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09:30 - 17:00
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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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A Historic Experience

the tour gives you an understanding of the beginnings of Melbourne, the expanding new populations at that time, their roots and laws of the day. Perfectly restored and as a new... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

the tour gives you an understanding of the beginnings of Melbourne, the expanding new populations at that time, their roots and laws of the day. Perfectly restored and as a new visitor to Melbourne, it was an unexpected and informative visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We recently visited and walked around the goal and soaked in the history. The lock up experience was a bit of fun whilst learning about what happens to you if you are detained - a must

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Old Melbourne Gaol was an absolutely great experience. It's definitely worth the money and is a destination I would love to go back and enjoy again.

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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Old Melbourne Gaol 'A night in the watch house' tour, was a great experience for myself and my classmates. We all enjoyed the night as it was engaging and we loved looking around the old gaol.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The experience was engaging with a lot happening in the tour. It gives you a real understanding of what both the inmates and the officers in charge had to put up with back in those days.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a very interesting and engaging tour but also helps you gain an understanding of a night in the watchhouse.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very good overall experience with passionate staff and lots of history of actual people's experiences at the watch house.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Old Melbourne Gaol 'A Night In The Watch House' tour, was a really captivating and authentic experience. The whole tour was a good look into history and it effectively educated us on some of Melbourne's infamous criminals and the gaol itself.

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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

"A Night at the Watch House" is an amazing experience. i thoroughly enjoyed it.I highly recommend it.

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This is an experience that you have to see for your own eyes. Very enjoyable, helpful staff and a very friendly experience.

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