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Old Melbourne Gaol

377 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
03 8663 7228
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Ranked #29 of 208 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
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Perth WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The Watch Tower tour is a bit of good fun and quite sobering when you think about who has been through the doors. I wouldn't recommend taking small children as they lock you in a cell, the little girl on our tour was terrified. Lots of facts and photos with a great Ned Kelly tour as well.

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Maleny, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

To visit the gaol was an experience that one had to have, but would not like to repeat. From the cold, damp and confined space it was here many people came to spend the last part of their sad lives.It was great to read all the biographical details but sad to realise many were the victims of their time .... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This place is a legit prison during early years of the century. And now they coverted it into an attraction. When you go inside they will make you act like a prisoner and its fun

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

As the reviews here show, many visitors find this place (and the tours) entertaining. I was more impressed by the grimness of the actuality: the cells, the arrangements for hanging ... I'd be wary of taking along any children who were sensitive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My husbands work, had a Christmas dinner at the old Melbourne Jail. Boy ! what a night out. Everyone rugged up a little for this evening out. ( Knowing, and maybe expecting ghostly encounters…) After our lovely meal, which had been catered for by an outside source….( and a great three courses it was. ) we were able to go... More

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The guide we had was very knowledgeable and was happy to answer any questions during the tour. If you have a sore back or legs, wait until you are better before taking this tour - there were lots of steps. As it was a night time tour and the lights were dimmed, you need to be fit and alert. Great... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This exceptional place is located in the center of the city. I t is just a couple of minutes walk from Melbourne Central Station. With an entrance fee of $25, you can first experience the role play of being a convict, being "herded" into the Police Watch, interrogated, put in a cell, locked and lights out!. The cell will be... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The Ned Kelly show was great but the stairs were a little cold to sit on. Enjoyed the watch house tour and its interactivity. It would be interesting to hear more stories of other well known inmates not just Ned

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Historic attractions like these are more fun when there's something about the place itself. In the Gaol, that is not really there. The attraction is more about the stories of individual folks who either passed through or died within its walls. That is definitely interesting, but you're left wanting for more about the Gaol itself. Its a bit expensive (as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Definitely try to make time to visit the gaol! It's a great day out, so interesting with much to read and learn. We spend almost the whole day exploring around here. Interactive activities to do too.

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