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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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An Interesting Bit of History

We first visited the inside of the old jail where they had different pictures of prisoners with their history, one of which was Ned Kelly. They also had the scaffold where many... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The Old Melbourne Gaol in itself is really interesting. Spooky corridors, heaps of history and lots to learn about Australia's dark history executing inmates at the Gaol. I very much recommend you take a visit. What I do NOT recommend is the Reenactment of the Ned Kelly Court room appearance. Basically they grab a bunch of kids and tourists to... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Did the night tour. Very disappointed with tour in comparison to the night tour that I did at the Fremantle gaol last year. Didn't see much. Learnt more about the crims that spent time there rather than the gaol itself. Saw very little of it. One wing. Not interactive. No opportunity to ask questions. None of the cells were set... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We first visited the inside of the old jail where they had different pictures of prisoners with their history, one of which was Ned Kelly. They also had the scaffold where many prisoners were executed. Next to the gaol is the old police station where a police person puts you through an arrest scenario and even puts you in a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

If you like history, you will find this fascinating. See where Ned Kelly was hanged. Learn a bit about Victorian/Australian history and be entertained at the same time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

you can do three different parts, first i was a witness in the ned kelly trial, had to read from a script. was fun. then all the people get locked up as if they were prisoners, the 'Sargent' was AWESOME! she stayed in character so well, loved this bit the best. then the last part, you do a self tour... More 

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Really informative tour that allowed you to experience what prison life was like. Enjoyed the Ned Kelly show and the police watchhouse experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

Highly recommend the Watch House Tour with Sergeant Matthews. She really plays the part well, is informative, has a great sense of humor!

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The Old Melbourne Gaol is easy to get to from the circle tram - only a short walk from the nearest stop. It was full of information and particularly information about Ned Kelly and his execution. Very interesting and worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

Brilliant and hilarious. You have to pick the tour with the full prisoner processing.... 20-40 mins of how a prisoner was processed up to 20 yrs ago.... And you are the prisoner that is being processed. The gaol itself is really interesting and gives you an insight into some of the past inmates... Including Ned Kelly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

really enjoyed every minute going around the gaol. even was enticed into some acting in the court case for Ned Kelly 10 people volunteered to take part it was great fun.

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