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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 3 days ago via mobile

did this tour as a last minute thing and glad we did! the prison tour was great you can go at your own pace and lots of information, also some interesting stories. The second part really made the whole experience, would recommend to all.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you get a chance then visit. Fascinating strolling around and discovering the history of the gaol and the stories of the inmates. Death masks in cells add to the experience. Great place.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a great tour. The gentleman who guided us through the first portion before turning us loose to wander and view, was awesome with a great sense of humor. We had some story participation at the beginning. The guide was very knowledgeable and answered...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Melbourne Goal is largely a self-guided tour that does have audio guide facilities (which we did not use). Excellent interpretative material in the main jail requires a bit over one hour to read if doing a reasonable job of gaining a reasonable insight. The...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It was an experience and would recommend this trip. We had a fantastic time finding out about the gaol and the history.

Thank Karen H
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Reviewed 6 days ago

One of the best things to do in Melbourne. The old Melbourne Gaol was closed in 1924, although it was used as a military prison during WW2. Parts were demolished to make way for other things but what remains is a fascinating and haunting place...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time at the old Melbourne gaol. The cells had lots of interesting stories about all the different criminals. They also had a lovely dramatised show of Ned Kelly’s life. Well worth the money. The place is so big we missed most...More

Thank Eimear N
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Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review. Sounds like you came on a Saturday since you saw Such a Life, its a great performance isn't it?! Glad you had such a good time.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is something everyone should do what fun we had was a short tour before you go in to Gaol this was Fun I wont spoil the fun.

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Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review. We love that you had so much fun! Its very unique isn't it?!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a must do when we arrived in Melbourne. The girls spent hours here, they were fascinated with the history and we all found it very interesting. Another off the list of to do's.

Thank patriciaasmith
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Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review. So great to hear you and your girls found the Gaol so fascinating! There are certainly a lot of stories to tell.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If your looking to learn a little it of Melbourne history, then this is the place for you. The cost of entry permits you to explore the old jail as long as you like. It also includes a little skit/role play where you get arrested...More

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Kathleen T, Operations Coordinator at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Gaol! We hope to see you again!

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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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Response from Sharonkitch |
$28 for an adult: family ticket was $65. Not sure if that restricts you to only 2 children. Way too pricy IMHO.
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