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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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There is so much history involved and there is so much to see that I recommend taking the guided tour offered frequently with the excellent docents at the Gaol. I was worn out by... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is so much history involved and there is so much to see that I recommend taking the guided tour offered frequently with the excellent docents at the Gaol. I was worn out by the time we finished but I learned so much about the convict history of Melbourne and surrounding area that my brain was crammed full of knowledge... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Listen to the stories of past scoundrels & petty criminals. See how they were incarcerated and the conditions in which they lived in. Makes todays penal codes seem like 5 star luxury. Great history and a sight to see, unpleasant conditions but still it is an integral part of the past and in shaping what has become our present. Worth... More 

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South Perth, Australia
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Great experience in really making you think and understand how things used to be for prisoners and wardens alike. Lots of stories, details, artifacts. Really enjoyed the tour. One word of advice, if you take the Watch House Tour I really wouldn't recommend it for children (there is character play and we are treated as prisoners).

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Thank tangojo
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We loved it. The lady doing the watch house tour was super fun. Very entertaining. Lots of info on the jail

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Canterbury Region, New Zealand
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We visited the old Melbourne goal last time were in Melbourne. We did the guided tour which is a must. A lot of information probably more relevant to the locals but still very interesting. We came out of it quite spooked. I'm sure there are ghosts still there. Quite a sobering experience.

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Thank Tony M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Old Gaol early on our second day in Melbourne. The early start allowed us a bit of quiet time before a couple of groups of school kids came in. This didn't distract from the visit, although the noise levels were up a bit! We did the interactive experience with the prison sergeant in a group of 6... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very good tourist attraction and would recommend this to all who visit Melbourne. Not only can you see the old gaol for what it was but can experience a little of how it must of felt to be a convict in the old days. if you include the watch house tour you will get to experience how a new arrival... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We decided on a ghost tour and were not disappointed, our tour guide was a man with a passion for this place, he was a wealth of information and made this visit very enjoyable

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Australia
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I visited the Gaol Friday 23rd April 2017. It is very easy to get to via public transport as there is a tram stop right next to it. It is self guided which was great as I could skip the things I had little interest in, in favour of others. Lots of information and facts are displayed on the walls.... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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An absolute must do in Melbourne! We had such a great time here, the interactive cell/booking experience was such a great laugh, the tour around the old cells and the ned kelly hang noose was also good. Afterward we went over to the court house and participated in the Ned Kelly trial also very informative and fun. All in all... More 

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