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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 4 days ago via mobile

A historical place. Very meaningful visit. I learnt a lot about Melbourne's history and the famous criminal Ned Kelly. The fact that this place was once used to imprison a particular criminal just fascinates me a lot.

Thank Brian K
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Old Melbourne Gaol (or Jail, as they write in the US) is in central Melbourne. It was Melbourne's main jail for many years. The jail is a cold, uninviting institution. Of the many men and women hanged there, the most famous was outlaw and...More

Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Get the eye of the on duty policeman, very grumpy he is makes the experience more real. Locked in for a laugh

Thank Myree M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Melbourne Goal is an interesting piece of architecture but purpose built. There are many stories to read about -the prisoners, the ideology behind using isolation as a means to start the rehabilitation process and, of course, the infamous Ned Kelly. There is a re-enactment...More

Thank sandygoldstone
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were recommended to visit the Gaol by one of our day tour guide, after knowing that both myself and my partner loves historical places. Similar to Alcatraz or Fremantle, the Gaol showcases the jail and locked rooms of the prisoners. In comparison, while it...More

Thank cathsparkles
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found the old Melbourne Goal to a great place to learn about Ned Kelly and other criminals in Australian history and there punishments. One of the tours you can do (which is incorporated into entry fee) is experiencing what it would have been like to...More

Thank sharonalow
Reviewed 1 week ago

LOVED it here !!! Mostly I enjoyed our 2 tour guides in the watch house and the old Melbourne gaol !! was fabulous and was such a great experience !

Thank Mati S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a bit of time to kill, so did the tour. Very interesting. The guide for the watch house was very good at her job & a real hottie to boot. Worth the tour

Thank Fishpig
Reviewed 1 week ago

Watch House experience tour runs for 40 mins. Tickets cost $65 Family (2 adults + 2 children) They have $23 concession for students and pensioners $15 child and an extra $5 a child on family. Ticket includes admission to old Melbourne Gaol Building and the...More

Thank julie j
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the gaol as it was opposite to where we were staying. It had a role play where you were given a card describing your crime. Men were separated from women and both groups put in a locked jail cell. There was plenty of time...More

Thank GourockRhona
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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12 May 2017|
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Response from Simin N | Reviewed this property |
I guess the kids wouldn't like this place. Talking about crimes and seeing they way prisoner lived is not interesting for them.
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.