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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
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

As part of the entry price you are shown what it is like to be arrested and locked up in this famous prison. There are also informative displays on the various prisoners that lived and died at the gaol. Worth checking out.

Thank Tweety F
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Gaol! We hope you will come see us again sometime soon!

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I have wanted to check out the old Melbourne goal for many years, and had some time after a flight back to Australia from NZ for a wedding to finally do so. Sergeant Shanahan was very impressive in the role, and a wealth of knowledge...More

Thank Sue R
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. Its so great to hear you had such a great time here at the Gaol and your feedback will be passed onto Sergeant Shanahan. We agree she is fantastic!

Reviewed 6 days ago

A very informative and interesting guide to the gaol. Would have loved to do this venture at night but didn't have the time. The initial part of "getting arrested" was fantastic!! Highly recommended.

Thank Debsadventures
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. Its wonderful to hear you enjoyed your time with us at the Old Melbourne Gaol! Hopefully we will see you again in the future at one of our night tours.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good if you are very interested in the history, also a good place to take kids. The play was fun although may be a tad long. Thought $28 per adult was a bit much for what is was, but still enjoyed it!More

Thank aschopra06
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. So good to hear you enjoyed your time with us at the Gaol, perfect for any history buff! Just so you know, your entry fee also assists with maintenance for not only the Gaol, but other National Trust sites too,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

$25 per adult is quite a lot for this old gaol. I appreciate the history they put in every little cell and the displays were relatively nice. However, I prefer and anticipate more for what I paid and particularly interactive displays should be provided for...More

Thank Hoi Ming W
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Thank you for visiting us at the Old Melbourne Gaol, we are sorry to hear your experience didn't live up to expectation. We are always looking for ways to improve, so any suggestions you may have would be greatly appreciated!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a wonderful building with really interesting exterior design Inside unfortunately the visit to theold goal is nothing specialMore

Thank Daniel Z
Kathleen T, Operations Cooridnator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Glad to hear you appreciate the Gaol's architecture so much, it really is a stunning building! But sorry to hear your visit was ordinary. We are always trying to improve, if you have any suggestions on how to make the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did the watch house tour and then wandered the jail. They loved the interaction of the watch house tour and the guide was great. The history of the jail was enjoyed as was able to wander and do at our time. Ned jelly history and...More

Thank Perthfifotraveller
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Its so good to hear you all enjoyed your experience at the Gaol. There are certainly many stories to here from the Gaol. If those walls could talk! Thank you for visiting.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wet day so we went to gaol! It was excellent. The sergeant was very good at being in role and answering questions. We spent a long time exploring the jail too. Recommend a visit.

Thank Lesley C
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Wet days are certainly a good day to spend with us at the Gaol! So glad you enjoyed it so much!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I got here for 1430 (230pm). We went in and looked in the first two cells/holding blocks. Then went outside to the meeting point where they go through the booking and placing of people who've comitted a crime into holding cells, took...More

Thank Josh B
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We are so happy to hear you so enjoyed your time with is at the Old Melbourne Gaol. There is certainly a lot to see isn't there?! Our signage has just been redone so its great to hear that feedback,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Top Tip - this is run by the Australian National Trust and if you are a UK member you get in free. Entrance includes a City Watch House 'interactive' where you are "processed" as a criminal and then led to the cells. After that is...More

Thank IanK599
Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us at the Old Melbourne Gaol and yes! free entry for all Trust Members, UK and Aus. Hope we see you again in the future!

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lele809
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.
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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.
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kimmybuch
28 February 2016|
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Hi there, All of our ticket pricing information is located on the Old Melbourne Gaol website. General Admission tickets for adults are $25 and for children 5-15 years old the cost is $13.50. For two adults and two children... More
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