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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

Well worth doing a guided tour along with a self tour. Very funny and enjoyed playing the part of a criminal within guided tour. Very informative. Well worth a look.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Well worth doing a guided tour along with a self tour. Very funny and enjoyed playing the part of a criminal within guided tour. Very informative. Well worth a look.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We were encouraged to spend at least 45 minutes within the Old Gaol by the ticket seller at the entrance. We ended up spending the best part of 4 hours here wandering from cell to cell learning about the damaged lives of those who had the misfortune of being incarcerated here. Cell after cell, spread over 3 levels, most containing... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Well set out displays and engaging tour staff, particularly in old Police Station which is part of visit. Free to National Trust members (remember your card, I didn't unfortunately!)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is probably one of the coolest things I've ever done. My husband, my friend, and I took the "Ghosts? What Ghosts?" tour hosted by the coolest tour guide in the universe. We had such an eerily awesome time here! Most of it is in the dark and you may hear sounds, see a spot, or feel a touch. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

There's a night tour that can be booked for the OMG. I went there with my sister and we had a great time learning about some of Australia's most notable criminals in history. Think Alcatraz-grade prisoners with medieval England punishments in the past. I wouldn't exactly recommend it for kids or families of course but for those who might be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Worth the $25 entrance fee. Amazing how you can almost step back in time and experience how harsh life was in the 1800's. Fantastic information available if you take the time to soak it in.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I suppose to look back on how the prisoners existed and were treated is of value , certainly my 4 year old thought it was creepy. I think its a one of visit place, once you've been you don't need to go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

It was really interesting to learn about so much Australian history through peoples crimes. There was lots of new things to find out about and the staff were really friendly, Getting arrested was a great experience and I would be glad to never have to actually go through the real thing. You can do the self tour on the gaol... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

An interesting place to wander around and read about all the prisoners that have been held there including Ned Kelly. Can get very busy with school groups.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A great fun few hours centrally located in Melbourne. We started with The Police Watch House Tour, where we were all arrested for various misdemeanors & shown what would happen to the arrestee's, the kinds of body searches & the daily lives they would then have. The actual Cell Block is next door and has 3 levels of cells, including... More 

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