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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Address: 377 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 03 8663 7228
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Description: 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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A depressing place

To imagine being stuck in this place is really quite depressing. Stone little cells and the gallows at one end. Very informative and historical. Worth the view!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

To imagine being stuck in this place is really quite depressing. Stone little cells and the gallows at one end. Very informative and historical. Worth the view!

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Dubai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Melbourne old Gaol was the place where Ned Kelly one of Australians most known bush ranger was held and eventually hung.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Very eery..the gaol does not have much information, though, the cells have small plaques of information and that's all! Should be voiceovers etc

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Sargeant! Yes Sargeant. The tour guide was our gaoler, she was fabulous. Interesting place to visit, loads of great life stories

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

You will repeat "yes sergeant" several times will jailed here. The watchhouse and gaol were unsettling and fun. Set aside 2 hours and definitely see all floors in the gaol. Each covers a different era. Also check the graffiti in the watchhouse. It was in use until the 90s.

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Coopernook, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

It doesn't matter how many times we have been to this gaol we have so much fun here everytime. It has such a great atmosphere let alone history. Leave atleast a couple hours free to visit here

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Our kids (6 and 9) were not hugely impressed - a little spooked. I thought it was interesting and informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Eerie yet interesting. Very informative and lots of stories to read if you have the time to. Love the lock-up experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Got to see a play on Ned Kelly. Interesting, if you have time do the watch house tour, very realistic

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

A very interesting and well spent couple of hours. Also worth doing the watchhouse experience to be locked up in cells used until 1994.

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