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Old Melbourne Gaol

377 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
03 8663 7228
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Ranked #24 of 218 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

all victorian jails tend to look similar but history of this one is fascinating and learnt a lot about he'd jelly did not elect to be locked in

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

It is quite a surprise when I first entered. I have no ideas what to expect. I don't want to spoil others experience so I will not say whats in it. But I really think people should try that too. Inside, the architect is beautiful too.

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Wuppertal, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

The Old Melbourne Gaol was a museum I really wanted to see and I didn't regret going. Being inside the building is already impressive as it is quite intimidating and you can get a good impression about how life in this prison must have been. You can see inside the cells and often you find quite useful information in them... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

It was worth paying more,but in saying that I'm suprised that Ned Kelly's coffin wasn't in there as all the other states despite having a guided tour around the old watchhouse(with a trained actor),all the other 1-s I've been on were cheaper & with guided tours around the jail wheras this time after the above mentioned tour,we'd to look around... More

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Yarra Junction, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I got locked in a cell years ago for a fund raiser, but when I visited it recently, in daylight, it was less scary and much more interesting :) Greta day out for the family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The old Melbourne Gaol is a terrific place to see what the conditions of the prison system was in Australia's history. A lot of cell's contain interesting stories of some of the people that inhabited them. A lot of original pieces remain in display cases to see. And you can learn a lot about Ned Kelly's history, where he was... More

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Allen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I gave it 5 stars because my husband loved it. I was a little creeped out in it. If you are familiar with the history it is great. I did find it interesting.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Well worth a visit. Within walking distance of the CBD, easy to get to. This place is so full of history and is very interesting to read all of the stories on the inside of the cells. Definitely worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We had friends visiting from the states and were walking around Melbourne showing the sights and such when one of the females of the group asked if there was any ghost tours or scary places to go see at night as she had done them in every country she had visited so far. Now with me being a guy, I... More

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St Albans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Such a fun thing to do if you don't mind being genuinely scared. Such a fab experience seeing the prison in all it's glory and finding out stories about some of the inmates. Actually jumped and screamed at parts of the tour. Would go back to find out more about the Prison, as it was so interesting!

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