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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 yesterday

Totally loved the lock up experience! The officer made it fun and interactive! It was historic and quite spooky.

Thank abbylim1991
Reviewed yesterday

We learned so much about the history of Melbourne by visiting the Gaol. It gave quite an insight into the lives of the not-so-well to do in the early days. You can really get a feel for what it was like in the gaol. We...More

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 2 days ago

a cool piece of australian history. this is also where ned kelly was jailed and executed. recommend paying the little bit more to take the guided tour as it's very informative. the ticket also includes the watch house a short walking distance down the road.

Thank kristyrebecca
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The gaol is worth a visit. I'd also recommend the watch house tour which is included in the ticket price. The watch house also has a recently added display about the Russel Street bombing, including items and audio never made available to the public before....More

Thank Bryan P
Reviewed 5 days ago

Some of the harsh realities of 19th century prison and learn about the lives of men,woman and child who spent time within these prison walls.Entry per adult is $28 and experience instant arrest and lock in cell experience.

Thank kokomitay
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Quite an experience going here and to the watch house tour. Lots of exhibits and you can walk round most of the prison.

Thank EdinburghSharon
Reviewed 6 days ago

A very interesting place where the famous bushranger Ned Kelly was hung. In fact they did a lot of hanging here I think around 170 were dispatched and with the information provided it appears a number of them were completely innocent. Pretty grim place. An...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

In my view one of the essential visitor stops in Melbourne. A truly beautiful building despite its grim purpose. See where Ned Kelly spent his days, even try on a replica outfit for a photo. Highly recommend the prisoner tour, though they do lock you...More

Thank BronnyBean
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My adult son and I saw this on TripAdvisor as well as some of the Melbourne visitor information and thought we would give it a try. We started with the guided portion where a very engaging Sergeant Hatchett greeted us and promptly booked us into...More

Thank RxJP3
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice to see the history but nothing much for $28 good experiences but I think this entry cost too expensive

Thank boi_chutipol
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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.
28 February 2016|
Response from National Trust ... A |
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