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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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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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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Weren't going to go as at $25 each adult quite expensive but gosh it was good! The watch house tour where you get arrested and locked up was cool, great actor - quite... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Timaru; New Zealand

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Timaru; New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Weren't going to go as at $25 each adult quite expensive but gosh it was good! The watch house tour where you get arrested and locked up was cool, great actor - quite intimidating! Sad to see the cells and very sobering. We didn't read all the info, just skipped over it but even just seeing the scale of the... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had previously been to the gaol but this was the first time with our family. Our kids (aged 6, 4 and 1) liked walking around but were a little scared. As the ticket is all-inclusive, it was quite expensive for our family as we couldn't participate in all available activities. Overall quite interesting but more suitable to older kids.

Thank Geck28
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great if you are into History as its a lot of reading and walking the three floors of the prison. The Goal is a remnant of the original structure which was much larger but still a great tour as its very well preserved. We also did the Watch House tour which personally wasn't my thing as I didn't really learn... More 

Thank Jade H
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We signed up for the tour - it was only an extra $5 and well worth it but you can wonder round on your own - the Watch Tower was fantastic - the "Sergeant" really brought it to life, made it very entertaining and had everyone laughing! It's still all packed with facts and history about the place - we... More 

Thank Claire W
Aiken, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Although a bit macabre, this gaol was an excellent and interesting experience. We thoroughly enjoyed walking through the old Gaol cells and reading all the displays and viewing the death masks of the condemned prisoners and their ending.

Thank Dale L
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

it was very eerie to visit the gaol. Not too sure about the watch house experience, I found it a bit daggy, but I guess it's different, it's a unique way to interpret a place. It's only a remnant of the actual jail but you could still feel the vastness of the place. I thought entry was a bit expensive,... More 

Thank Renell1990
Bunbury, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The old Melbourne Goal was a interesting visit although if you want to see Ned Kelly's armour it can be seen for free at the Melbourne State library. The staff put on a play about Ned Kelly and his life which was worth watching.

Thank Jobt24
Gympie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited with my girls aged 11 to 24 the eldest couple under sufferance. They all had a great day and would definitely return again. Great day and educational. A lot of fun.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went as a family and did the experience where you basically pretend you are a prisoner, they check you for contraband and put you in the cells etc, which was very enjoyable! It was also interesting to see the traces of prisoners of the past, like the marking on the walls with names etc! Overall, an enjoyable experience!

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Canberra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you haven't been to an historic goal before you might rate the experience a bit more highly than we did...we've seen similar goals in various parts of the world. We did like the dramatic/amusing role play and the children in our group loved it. Most museums like this now have many interactive displays &/or short videos - this one... More 

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