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Old Melbourne Gaol

377 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
03 8663 7228
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Ranked #30 of 207 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: Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Definitely try to make time to visit the gaol! It's a great day out, so interesting with much to read and learn. We spend almost the whole day exploring around here. Interactive activities to do too.

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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It would have been a terrible place to have been at the time when it was open and in use. Credit to the staff who have set it up. It only cost us $25 for entry for an adult and was well worth every cent. The information and pictures that was provided in the cells was fantastic. Definitely go and... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Watch out! You have been arrested and sent to prison in the Crime and Justice experience. Set in an actual police station, closed at the end of the last century, you are given an arrest sheet for someone that actually spent time there. The warden was so scary, shouting at everyone to get in line and picking on certain characters... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was a fun and interesting experience. It may sound a bit sobering - visiting a jail - but nonetheless it was made as a fun and inventive experience, thanks to Sergeant Croft. We got to visit the tiny cells in this very old prison and the adjacent Magistrate's Court. And we got to learn a little of some of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Wholly enjoyable experience learning about the Melbourne Gaol. Loved the Warden Experience (bit scary tho!). Look out for vouchers in the Tourist magazines - we got 20% off our admission price. If you're after a historically interesting hour or two don't miss the Gaol!

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I grew up in Melbourne in the 60sand70s, but did not visit the gaol until a family visit brought me back from the US. We took the guided tour and glad we did - it was interesting to hear stories and explanations from a very knowledgeable guide Trevor. We also did the watch house experience...fun in a 'scared straight' kind... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Great experience! I cant believe I have waited so long to visit this little treasure in my home city. Tour guide was fantastic and informative.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The gaol itself is interesting enough, but I had to comment on the watch house tour! It was very entertaining, and I'm sure after the experience none of our kids will ever break the law! Get locked up if you get a chance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

When your sick of shopping this is the perfecr activity. Walking distance in the city, interesting things to see and read. Good bit of fun if your alone or with a group. A little pricy I think for how many people they would get and it isnt a huge area but when in rome...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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