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Old Melbourne Gaol

377 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
03 8663 7228
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Best of Melbourne City Tour with Colonial Tramcar...
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Ranked #19 of 160 Attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

You could feel the history and stories oozing out of the walls. My most favourite stop in Melbourne. It was such a beautiful building,yet it held so many grisly tales. Will be visiting again. The guide (forgot to grab his name) was fantastic and had time to tell us additional information about each cell. He was great.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Loved the history in this place - you can FEEL it! Creepy and full of interesting stories, avoid tours and explore on your own to be submersed properly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We went expecting to spend an hour or so but we ended up stopping all morning. Try and see the play about Ned Kelly whilst you are there.

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Port Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Good to see that this piece of Australian History has been preserved as many of the building in the area have been demolished. Interesting to see how serving a sentence in gaol has changed from then to the present time. Ned Kelly has played a huge role in Australian History and to see where he was hung is very daunting.

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Boulia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

This was eerie and thought provoking. Seeing the actual place where Ned Kelly was hung was a bit sobering not to mention a case of goose bumps. This is a must tourist see, the only thing we found that did not suit us was we could not fit a stroller into the cells, so had to take turns. This would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The gaol is interesting with actors playing out the Ned Kelly story which was very well done. Along with a ticket for the gaol, you could also be 'arrested' in the courthouse nearby - also well presented.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

After visiting the Old Melbourne Goal and the doing the Watchhouse Tour which is included in the entrance fee, all I can say is I certainly do not want to be arrested and put in jail.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We visited on 13th November 2014 and I was surprised by the amount of exhibits crammed into such a small place. A museum feel and great to read all the information around. Spooky if you kind of cast you mind back to how things were in years gone by, what a different world we live in now. The cell sizes,... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Mysterious, scary, amazing and the watchouse tour is awesome....I have been twice and would go again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The first time I have been arrested and for Armed Robbery!!! You could spend hours here visiting the old goal and reading about the history. The stories of the many people that were hung in this goal and actually seeing the gallows. When you have finished your tour there is a nice sunny courtyard to relax in and be thankful... More 

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