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Old Melbourne Gaol

377 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
03 8663 7228
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Ranked #27 of 207 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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 Crime & Justice Experience grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia. « less
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Great. Affordable. Everyone loved it from 8 to 70. Learnt heaps. The watch tower shouldn't be missed. Rug up if it's cold

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Tweed Heads, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Allow maybe two to two and a half hours for a look at the gaol and the watch house tour (included in the admission price it's next door). The gaol is in the cbd and within walking distance of many of the hotels and the free city circle tram. Kids will enjoy and it's historically significant. There's lots of facts... More

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New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This was the Highlight of the tour a visit to the old gaol...very interesting to see where they were kept in the cells etc the place where Ned Kelly came to an end.This Jail was only closed in the early 90s so I am to believe..pity it is still not being used.The trip to the Watchhouse was great..we were arrested... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The watchman tour was a must-go, the "sergeant" had a whole lot of cool stories to tell. Not disclosing any further, will leave the rest up to you to experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This tour is connected to the Old Melbourne Gaol and is great fun. The Sergeant and prisoner were both entertaining and scary! As mentioned by previous reviewers you are given a charge sheet and the more infamous characters had their crime and punishment explained. Not sure on age group for this but possibly not too young (think recommended for 16... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Two levels of stark metal walkways, brooding stone walls, cramped cells, the gallows, death masks of hanged criminals, this old prison has got it all. You can visit at any time, but be sure to do the hangman's tour at night if you can. Conducted by candlelight and hosted by the 'hangman' himself this tour is a great experience and... More

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This was an excellent experience! We went along expecting a local guiding us around telling us about the history of the jail. We were so wrong! Our 'custodian' was a very stern sergeant who, although we knew she was acting, was actually a bit scary! It added to the experience. I'm not going to go into detail about what happens... More

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Fulda, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It is very funny and interesting, not only for kids, also for adult. It is something different as what we experienced before. Everyone will be charged with some crimes, and then will be showed how to be dealt with in prison, which made us laughing ...

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North East Derbyshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We were given the impression that you could see most of the site in about 45 minutes but after 30 minutes more than that we could have spent another hour or two there but unfortunately the gaol closed at 5pm and we just did not get the opportunity to go back again. If this is the kind of place you... More

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Really interesting place to visit you can go in the cells and even try on replica Ned Kelly armour. There is a lot of information to read so you need to give yourself enough time to see it all properly. Your entrance fee includes a tour of the police station

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