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Old Melbourne Gaol

377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 8663 7228
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 8663 7228
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Loved the museum section. The watchhouse tour was made very exciting by the "police officer" in charge. She charged us with various crimes and locked us up in the watchhouse. Overall an interesting and fun experience.

Thank JEA48
Reviewed 3 days ago

There was quite a long line to enter, a very hot day and no shade anywhere nor a place to sit while waiting. The Gaol was extremely interesting - lots of history as one would expect. I didn't see the upper floors as no elevator...More

Thank Jacqueline P
Reviewed 4 days ago

Really interesting place. There is so much history within the walls, and you could quite easily spend a whole day there reading it all.

Thank 353lewis
Reviewed 4 days ago

A must see when in Melbourne, particularly being locked up in the watchhouse. Our sergeant was very officious and made us separate into male and female and looked for contraband before locking us up. A terrific experience and one I would not have enjoyed if...More

Thank Nigel L
Reviewed 4 days ago

Informative. Self-guided tour of old jail, with insights into the inhumane practices of the past. They "arrest" you to show workings of new jail.

Thank RoxyPaloAlto
Reviewed 5 days ago

The entry fee was $25 which isn't the cheapest, but the museum is really interesting, lots of historic references and provides a good insight to life behind bars here. I arrived at a good time as I was told to go over to the police...More

Thank Iris A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The gaol has a fascinating history and is well laid out. I used the audio guide which had a lot of interesting stories. Staff were excellent - it's really worth a look!

Thank Rowena S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We arrived at Old Melbourne Gaol as something to do to kill time and were talked into paying an extra $5 onto our entry fee to join the guided tour. Our tour guide was Ian and I have to say, he made this trip exceptional.Ian...More

Thank Ashlee P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came down to Melbourne wondering what to do then a work mate suggested that I should do this, glad.that I did it. The jail was interesting and fun to see what they lived as prisoners

Thank Richo1991
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an interesting tour and well worth it. It was great seeing the facilities used in the decades gone by and how prisoners were treated. Hopefully one day what was old will become new again.

Thank Benjamin_Martyn
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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Suitable for children?
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.
may I know the times for the watch house experience?
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
Is the old Melbourne gaol wheelchair accessible?
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.