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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 look at our history and worth a look. Unfortunately quite expensive for what is actually has to offer.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Perth, Australia

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

An interesting look at our history and worth a look. Unfortunately quite expensive for what is actually has to offer.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Able to stroll through at your own pace, with plenty to read and look at. Taking in all the stories within the walls was amazing.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Probably Melbourne's oldest gaol or (Jail). Australia's and definately Victoria's most famous or infamous Bush Ranger, (Highway man). He had a short life. Held up several businesses but never hurt anyone until the policce were chasing him. He was hung here on November 11th. Not sure of the year. Don't be surprised to find some one still incasterated there!! anyone... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Very cool Melbourne landmark & museum, worth a trip if you are interested in Australian history. The ghost tour is tonnes of fun.

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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Experience for a short while the conditions of a prisoner in the not too distant past. N.B. National Trust members get free entry.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My boyfriend and I visited yesterday and went on the guided tour. we highly recommend paying the extra $5 and doing the tour. It was fun and very informative, we learnt a lot about the history of the prison. Would highly recommend.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

It is a great place to take your time and enjoy the place The history is unreal there is so much to take in and seeing where Ned Kelly and others were hung is an iery feeling. Don't Rush the trip they have tours and take the time to take it all in It is a great stop and well... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We were very disappointed with the value. It costs $25 each for a self guided tour of a section of the old gaol and for an extra $5 we could have had a guided tour which I would have expected for the basic price. We didn't even receive any brochures or booklets. Although I did find the history and information... More 

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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Had so much fun here, bit spooky but fantastic..I can not wait to get back over to go there again..A must to get your photo taken behind bars..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Walk through the old jail and enter the cells. Lots of information on some of the prisoners is displayed on the walls as well as "death masks". Lots of information about Ned Kelly. Could easily spend two hours reading all the profiles as well as looking at the objects on display. Then go for the 30 minute tour of the... More 

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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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