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Old Melbourne Gaol

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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...more
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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

I thought I would pop in with some time to kill. The entrance fee was a little steep, but as I discovered, worth it. The gaol offers lots of history on the building and the inmates. Pretty much open access. There is also guided tours...More

Thank Daniel C
Reviewed yesterday

If you're in Melbourne take a walk up to the gaol, it's not that far from Flinders street, or take a tram. It gives real insite into life for the prisoners. The guides are great and you'll learn alot.

Thank Hugh K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

such an interesting old building steeped with history. The staff are knowledgeable and happy to share the stories of the past. A must see in Melbourne.

Thank Andy N
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I’ve been to a few goals in my lifetime and this is one I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to find out more about how Melbournians treated their prisoners including the infamous Ned Kelly. I’d definitely recommend upgrading your experience to include the watchtower...More

Thank Krytennz
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Old Gaol was great, we did the tour which i highly recommend. You learn a lot about how the gaol operated and some interesting facts on past inmates. You also hear the storey of Ned Kelly. You get to go to the watchhouse and...More

Thank Belinda S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was told to visit and glad I went. For $28 got to experience being arrested and thrown in the police cells. Interactive with a police officer treating you the criminal you are including explaining why you are there( Public Nuisance). The experience lasted 30 minutes...More

Thank Shane H
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol, the two buildings included in your ticket give great insight into 19th Century Melbourne and 20th Century police practice. Ned spent his last days at the Gaol.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Despite the $28 entrance fee this is still worthwhile to see! Make sure you include the Watchtower tour ( not extra, just time it to coincide with your entrance) very interesting history!More

Thank mummab69
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your visit. The entrance fee includes two building and we recommend a good couple of hours to take everything in, the National Trust is a not for profit organization looking after Melbourne's and Victoria's heritage so the entrance fees go toward that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a rather different thing to visit. It is very interesting to read about the crimes that the different prisoners has done.

Thank Urban K
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review. the history of Melbourne's development runs through all the stories of the inmates of the Gaol and is told across the site in a number of buildings.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We all loved it. Very interesting. Watchhouse Tour was a great highlight. Can’t fault the all round experience. Loved reading all the info to on the walls.

Thank Mixedtraveller
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your reviews. Your ticket gives you access to both the Gaol museum and the old police watch house, two different buildings with different histories that gives great insight into crime and justice across the years of Melbourne's development.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the old prison with pictures and death masks of some of the inmates that were hung. There is a lot of history here. It takes about an hour to tour. The only downside was there were lots of kids there doing some treasure...More

Thank Patty W
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed learning the history of the Gaol, your visit coincided with our school holiday program with our special activities for the kids which will explain the excitement. Perhaps come one of our night tours next time...More

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Shane A
12 September 2018|
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Response from KathleenT1287 | Property representative |
Hi, Thank you for your enquiry, we have a number of sergeants on rotation so can't give a name for a particular day. Warm regards Old Melbourne Gaol
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.
3 July 2016|
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Response from Jaffelt |
Access to the gaol for wheelchairs is the ground floor only. The Watch House and Court have wheelchair access.