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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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School visit with 15/16 year old students.

Old Melbourne Jail was fascinating - the guide was informative and interesting. The students particularly liked the Ned Kelly exhibit and the self guided exploration of the cells... read more

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Bendigo, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Old Melbourne Jail was fascinating - the guide was informative and interesting. The students particularly liked the Ned Kelly exhibit and the self guided exploration of the cells and rack.

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We paid extra to be arrested and thrown in jail. They brought in a group of about 20 people, children & adults alike. It was very fun, and a good laugh for the whole family. The staff was absolutely perfect in their condemnation of us and their swift justice. We were all in stitches. Also, we saw where Ned Kelly... More 

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Slough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived at the goal and thought we'd better see it and by the end we were really glad we did. On entry we went to pay and were advised by the receptionist that if you are a member of the National Trust in the UK you can get free entry to a number of national trust establishments in Australia... More 

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Thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour. Lots of history and stories, plus he was happy to answer questions too. Interesting cells and memorabilia. The noose and stories of Ned Kelly's incarceration and hanging also very good. The 'tour'/cajoling in the more modern prison wing was great fun. Cold inside but, hey, its a prison and it wasn't meant to be easy... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A couple of hours well spent and good value for money. We visited the Gaol and looked around by ourselves but for an extra $5 you can have a guided tour. Then we went for the watch house experience, which is included in the ticket price, which not only shows you the cells but you are treated to the experience... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a Canadian friend who moved to Melbourne 4 years ago show me around. It was a fin experience, and even better since my friend had not had the chance to check it out. It was worth while going. Compared to other historical sites, Alcatraz and Edinburgh Dungeon, it held it's own!

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As a British couple travelling Australia this was one of the first things we did on arriving to Melbourne. It ran later in the evening which was perfect for our arrival times etc. The guide was very informative and friendly and most importantly a really good storyteller! We honestly got chills listening to some of the creepy stories and we... More 

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Spent a really interesting afternoon here. If you're visiting, the Watch House experience is a must! The sergeant was brilliant and it really enhanced the visit to the gaol in general. Lots of interesting things to read and see - I think it would have been better to do the guided tour but it was still great.

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Melbourne, Australia
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An interesting activity if you are into this sort of thing. I recommend booking ahead. Tour guide explains history of the facility and surrounding buildings and some of its in habitants. Actors provide live show in the goal itself as well. You could spend an hour or so strolling through the goal and reading info up on the walls in... More 

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We went to the gaol to kill time, and were glad we did. The gaol is extremely interesting and rich in history. Ned Kelly, Elizabeth Scott, Colin Campbell Ross and many more. The courtoom experience (included in every ticket) was a bit boring, They play a video of interviews of people who had worked in the courtroom but wasn't really... More 

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