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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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Old Melbourne Gaol

Interesting experience. The actual gaol was both eerie and fascinating. Had our photo taken before we left.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Interesting experience. The actual gaol was both eerie and fascinating. Had our photo taken before we left.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

So worth a visit. One of my absolute favourite melbourne haunts.my arm hairs stood up the entire time I was there. Very interesting stuff

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Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Though the tour on the old jail, you can experience the life in prison a bit. Plus you ca see the punishment gears and actual graffiti written by inmates.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The tour through the old gaol starts with your "imprisonment". You are handed a note where it says, who you are and what crime you've committed. You are then investigated and treated (almost) like the accused and taken to the places where they were put. Afterwards you can walk through the old cell block and in the open cells read... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I haven't been here since I was a kid (30 something years!). $20 gets you in (adult ticket). For this you can also tour the old courthouse, as well as watch a Ned Kelly show, and tour the old remand center. I would recommend he gaol tour and be mock arrested. Good fun, and you get an assumed identity and... More 

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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I did the ghost tour with a friends after dinner and a few drinks and we had a great time. The staff could have been a little more helpful and friendly but we enjoyed the night overall.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

take the gaol tour and be mock arrested. Quite entertaining and interesting. Walking around the old gaol is atmospheric with some interesting stories too. A worthwhile couple of hours.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Interactive and comprehensive information as well as live guides and tours. The court session included in ticket is also very entertaining depending on your fellow visitors. The kid who played Ned in my tour deserves an Oscar

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Didnt time this too well as we were too late for any of the tours and only had about an hour before it closed (4pm) but having read other reviews perhaps this is the way to see it. The gaol was historically extremely interesting and we were able to just wander about on our own. It made it kind of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I think the previous review was a bit harsh on the scoring but some of the comments are valid. Having been around Fremantle prison in WA, I think the management of this attraction would do well to take some notes from them, as it's a far better organised experience. The tour of the watch house is done with the watch... More 

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