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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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+61 3 8663 7228
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
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Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century...

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 Crime & Justice Experience grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia.

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The gaol is worth going in just to admire the building but the history is sombre and they do a great job of providing informative info in a respectful and thought provoking... read more

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Hampton-in-Arden, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The gaol is worth going in just to admire the building but the history is sombre and they do a great job of providing informative info in a respectful and thought provoking way. Each cell has information about one cell mate ir piece of history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had lived in Melbourne and never visited. I was enjoyed my visit and learn a lot more of the history of Melbourne. The displays and notices sere very informative. My son enjoyed the interactive displays

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited this old prison recently. Reasonable price for entry and staff are friendly. You can experience the process of being admitted to the jail which is included in the price of you would like. Knowledgeable staff around the site to give you extra information if required.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed my self guided tour of the old Melbourne gaol. The site is conveniently located in the heart of the city and the building is beautifully restored. I must say it is a little scary being in those tiny cells, especially for a tall person. Lots of information along the way and the option of audio commentary. Would have... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Watch Hosue experience was a lot of fun..but dont laugh or you'll get punished!!! Took my 12 year old daughter and she loved it & lots od discussion followed about life in early Australia. Very informative & definately worth a look.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tour of the Watch House was interesting and very entertaining, tour guide treats you like you're being processed and takes you through the watch house. Locks you momentarily into the cells, explains what happened in each room. Tour is not cheap, $25 per adult. Also able to look through the old gaol which was interesting. Very enjoyable and highly recommend... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The gaol is worth a visit and provides some interesting history and perspectives, but at A$25 is not cheap. The accompanying Watch House Tour - of where prisoners were typically held overnight waiting their court appearance - and which is included in the admission, was led by a "Sergeant" who thought he was particularly amusing and clever, but, I'm afraid,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very close to the CBD....$25 entry fee includes self guided tour of one of the remaining 3 storey wings of the old gaol. Interesting stories depicted in most of the cells of the inhabitants including Ned Kelly. Also includes entry to the lock up which was a fun part of the tour led by one of the sargeants. A great... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed my visit here, although there is a lot of information to read and take in, and can be a bit much. Unlikely to be good for young children, as there is also some gruesome sides to the history of the Gaol. The watch house experience was fun, although not as intense or realistic as others seem to have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great place to visit also tour next door get locked in cell a lot of fun great for all ages I will do this when I visit again

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