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Old Melbourne Gaol

377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 8663 7228
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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 Crime & Justice Experience 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 8663 7228
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My friend and I had visited the prison last night and was booked for the 815 tour. The first 5 minutes into the tour I had started to feel really dizzy and wanted to vomit. I said to my friend I will need to go...More

Thank Nini H
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited this with friends, and found the guide very good. He was a little scary, glad we were on his good side!

Thank celtis2017
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a lovely piece of history and very interesting. We did the self guided tour however I'm not sure if they do a guided tour but I'm sure that a guided tour would have been better rather than having to read everything would be...More

Thank 910corinne
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

He was a hero To know who is he .go and visit Choose a guide and pay 5 dollars extra I did not go for the prisoner treatment -experience .....i am already married and that is enough

Thank Mohd A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Have No expectations when I visited this place...but what an experience! You will be escorted to the place by a warden and whoa...'twas cool ..I will not write a spoiler..I let you discover and anticipate the fun!

Thank Ryuichi C
Reviewed 6 days ago

Really enjoyed inspecting the old goal. We also did the extra activity of getting arrested. It was good fun and have a great picture of us behind bars.

Thank Alison P
Reviewed 6 days ago

Well after standing out in the freezing cold for the watch house tour to begin, and then being told, "I'll be back in 5 minutes, if you don't think you can last an our and a quarter, go and use the facilities in the pub...More

Thank SpannerM
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We paid for the Watchhouse Tour as well as having access to the Old Gaol. We had such a giggle during the interactive aspect of the tour where we were "arrested" and put in cells for a variety of misdemeanours. The guide was brilliant -...More

Thank Jacqueline K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the cell tours and the Ned Kelly tour. It was so good and really made you shiver about what it must have been like to be locked up in there. A must visit place in Melbourne.

Thank O2270TJmaryc
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Prison itself was very interesting and obviously a little gloomy, when considering the stories of the inmates. You can go into most of the cells, and they contain information on individuals, their crimes and ultimate punishment - usually the Gallows! There are many death...More

Thank Ian B
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.