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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

enthusiastic guide who was a wealth of information, well worth the visit. Lots of history to absorb.

Thank tonetwotone
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This attraction surprised me with how it engaged my teenagers who were a bit hesitant on visiting. The mock arrest was kitch but well done and visiting the cells was a real eye opener.

Thank lestraw
Reviewed 4 days ago

Well worth the price to see how life was in gaol in Australia 🇦🇺, really educational and the lock at the end is brilliant , tour guides are really friendly and good to talk to

Thank Gareth T
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Really interesting, but ring ahead and take the guided tour otherwise the kids will likely get bored senseless after looking in the 5th or 6th identical cell. That is not to say that the information boards in the cells were not really interesting, but young...More

Thank MendozzaMagic
Reviewed 5 days ago

Interesting couple of hours in the jail that was the last home of Ned Kelly. The jail has a rich dark history and the building structure and conditions itself just reeks of this. The young staff at entrance were kind and ready. Once entered we...More

Thank rollofonico
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went to the old gaol and it was a great history lesson learning about the infamous Ned Kelly who was hanged here. The cells were grim and small but had lots of information to read. The prison was quite dark and not pleasant however...More

Thank cher24
Reviewed 6 days ago

You get a long time to walk around the main building, which has lots of interesting things to read in it, and is a good way to spend an hour. As part of the price of the ticket you get to be 'arrested' as a...More

Thank Joe K
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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.

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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