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“Make sure you have time!”
Review of Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol
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US$ 19.99*
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Melbourne Self-Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #29 of 453 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was such a fun adventure. Make sure you have plenty of time as not only can you visit the old gaol, but there are also two other components included in the ticket price. One is an informative court session and the other is an interactive "watch tower" activity where you are charged and go through the processes of being an inmate. It was excellent. I would recommend doing the watch tower first, then the court, then the gaol as they speak about inmates at the first two and then you can read about them later in the gaol. The watch tower and court session only go at certain times too, so worth planning before you go.

Thank leebumblebee
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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, we are so pleased that you had fun during our school holiday program and were able to visit the Old Magistrate Court, open for the holidays, along with the Watch House and Gaol which are open year round. So much to see and read you do need time.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spooky old haunted looking place subjects presented well dressed up unique cold dark had lots of atmosphere famous dead people definitely worth visit.

Thank Helen D
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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, we are pleased that you enjoyed the history of the people who have passed through the gates. If you like Spooky perhaps consider one of our ghost and night tours for another visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting would advise people to do the watchtower tour to get a feeling what it was like for the prisoners but with a little fun thrown in ,the tour guides were very informative and very helpful a must see when in Melbourne

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, we are pleased that you enjoyed both the Watch House experience and our guided tours, discovering the different stories across the Gaol buildings.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an excellent way to spend a half day to a full day. It’s great value, very informative and interesting. During the school holidays there is a programme where the kids have to crack the code to try to escape jail. Our 9 and 5 year old loved this. The watch house tour was really good but a little scary for the 5 year old. We tried it and had to leave. They treat you as a prisoner and get locked in a jail cell. A very memorable experience but definitely for older kids. They recommend over 6 and I agree based on our experience. The rest of the jail is done at your own pace and is still well worth the visit. Adults and kids alike enjoyed the day!

Thank mrsmartini28
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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review.
We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and the kids kids managed to 'escape'!!
Thank you for giving the Watch House a try, not for everyone but always give it a go first.
Hopefully we will see you again.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Extraordinary memorial to the ugliness of colonial history. Quite and eerie feeling standing by the gallows where Ned Kelly took the drop, and seeing the death-masks of so many executed there. Not fun, but not to be missed either

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review.
Glad you had such an experience at the Gaol! It really is a place to be seen.

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