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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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Excellent historical place to visit, a little on the eerie side, but this all adds to the atmosphere. Its great for the kids (and adults) to see what an old prison was like; how... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Excellent historical place to visit, a little on the eerie side, but this all adds to the atmosphere. Its great for the kids (and adults) to see what an old prison was like; how tough it was on the prisoners and stories of going ons. Seeing the hanging platform etc gave me the heeby-geebies but it was thrilling. Well worth... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We visited The Melbourne Gaol mainly as our daughter had been learning about Ned Kelly at school so it was great to show her the actual history of him here plus to learn other stories. It didn't take very long to see everything though & we didn't do the tour, as usual it was costly.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

You could easily spend a good few hours here and we wish that we did have more time. You can do your own self tour through the jail or pay an extra $5 pp for a group tour which I highly recommend. Trevor our tour guide provided all the shocking and crazy stories we never would have heard otherwise and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Brilliant night tour with great goal stories, very interesting history of Australian naughties. Well worth doing

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Great way to spend a couple of free hours and entertain the whole family. See how tuff the prisoners had it at the time, you can only imagine those lonely cold nights locked away. Great team to show you through.

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Perth Hills, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Offers a decent account of a very dark part of australian history. 25 dollars in for a walk around the jail. You can go on the police watch tour as well or sit in on a video screening of Ned Kelly's trial but they weren't great. As with most "historic" things in Australia I was underwhelmed.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We were lucky to catch the start of the Watch House Experience, where we were treated like prisoners and taken on the journey that anyone charged with a crime in Melbourne between 1842 and 1994 would have gone on. I received special attention as I was standing beside a particularly giggly lady, and had to give all of my particulars... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The Melbourne Gaol is a great way to learn about the history of Melbourne. The Gaol itself may not be for everyone, given the death masks, stories, and the hanging tower. Your admission to the Gaol also includes an opportunity to be "jailed" and also to attend (or be part of) the court case of Ned Kelly. Combined, the activities... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I took my friends from America here to have a look and to see some of our history. Spend a least an hour here, try on Ned Kelly's Armour. The history

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very interesting especially the information relating to Ned Kelly, very daunting to see the death masks, and to read why some of the inmates were put there in the first place

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Additional Information about Old Melbourne Gaol

Address: Address: 377 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: 03 8663 7228
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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