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Old Melbourne Gaol

377 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
03 8663 7228
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Ranked #31 of 204 attractions in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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Calgary, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My mum and I really enjoyed our trip to the Old Melbourne Gaol. It was suggested to us by a local and boy were we not disappointed. We spent 2 hours just going through all the exhibits in the main gaol. We didn't do the extra tours, but if they are as well thought out as the main exhibit, I'm... More

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was an interesting and enlightening experience. I do think that it is a bit overpriced and maybe they could get rid of the performance-boring and screechy, that would save money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I went on the 'Ghosts..What Ghosts?' tour, which started at 8.30pm. The tour guide was brilliant, sharing insightful knowledge and scary experiences he, his colleagues, and fellow visitors have had. It's the kind of visit that doesn't need you to beleive in ghosts to appreciate the tour, but if you don't believe in them, you may very well by the... More

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Devonport, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was worth every cent. Start of with the watch tower tour. Sargent Henderson is very funny. He got us all involved and very informative. This tour is definitely a "must do"

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Canberra
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Recently my wife and I did the Hangman Tour at Old Melbourne Gaol. The tour itself was done at night which added to the experience, the tour guide was in character as an old prisoner come Hangman dressed in prison gard retelling us about his experiences and what life was like in the Old Melbourne Gaol. The tour was conducted... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My 13 yo daughter and I recently did the night Hangman's Tour of the Old Melbourne Gaol. It was very well presented, with a Hangman as a tourguide, who told us lots of facts about living conditions and hangings at the gaol, especially about Ned Kelly. The first half of the tour is conducted in the dark - only the... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A must see treasure if one is to visit Melbourne on a short trip. The pass allows you to gain an insight into the prison chambers of many of Victoria's notorious criminals in the late 18th century & early 19th Century. The layout is very directive and you're allowed to explore the place on your terms and even at one... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This visit was surprisingly fun. We visited not quite knowing what to expect, but in time to visit the courtroom drama (warning if you volunteer to help out, you will have to leave your partner/family while you take part). This was a laugh, as was the opportunity to take part in the Watch House experience. Worth a visit.

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LaPlace, Louisiana
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Death masks, hangings, haunted cells. The jail not only housed hardened criminals, it was a haven for some destitute people in the winter, The Jail's history is fascinating and we learned a bit about the people who were incarcerated there, the thinking of those who made policies concerning the penal system, a ghosts who might still haunt the jail.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The museum has three portions: The watch tower, the court house and the long term jail house. The watch tower is a 30 minute show where a “jailer” checks you in, checks you for contraband and other things and locks you in a cell. You also get to see the men and women’s exercise yard and get a mug shot... More

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