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Old Melbourne Gaol

377 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
03 8663 7228
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Ranked #26 of 189 attractions in Melbourne
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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
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Melbourne, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Ned Kelly he died here, so did many Australian bushrangers. You can see their death masks that preserves their last thought on their faces for ever! It is very spooky to stand in the cells and transport yourself back a hundred years to the harsh reality of prison life. Go on a tour especially the night tour to experience the... More

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invercargill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Started off my day sightseeing in cbd area with the old gaol. Was very interesting and great value for money. Maybe an attendant on each floor would be good to add insight into history of the gaol, tho the displays are very informative. Would highly recommend putting this on your must do list.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

If in Melbourne make sure you visit the jail. Plenty of history, stories and interesting facts. Make sure you have a part in the Ned Kelly mock court sitting, that was great fun for young and old.

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The Old Gaol gives background information about many of the notorious criminals from Melbourne's past, including the infamous Ned Kelly who was hanged here. Individual cells provide details of different prisoners, often including their death masks, and visitors can also learn about daily life, punishments, the various people (usually convicts themselves) who acted as hangman, and the way that the... More

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Toowoomba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We spent a coupke of hours at the gaol and at the crime experience. A good day and very informative. Certainly opened the eyes on the justice system of the past. The courthouse/lockup experiebce was good and sargeant o'dea made it ever interesting. Better for older children as they can read and wander at their own pace.

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Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

A real eye opener of Australias past and shows how hard and cruel the times were. The guide and staff are very informative and helpful.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

If you are Ned Kelly or earily Australia history buff you will love this place. See the gallows where Ned was hanged and see the cell that he was held in Great value and for money and very interesting

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The tour was fun. Gives you a little feel of being a prisoner. Let you see what's its like to be in a prison.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We were really excited to be locked up and be a prisoner. The woman sergeant was really loud and fierce. It was an eye opening to visit the prison area as well as knowing their history. However, the entrance fees is slightly on the higher side. The overall experience was still fun and great.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We opted for the Hangman's Evening Tour of the gaol, which gave a good idea of how grim life was for al those long gone inmates. Our guide, 'the Hangman', was very professional and enthusiastic in his telling of grim and disturbing tales! The tour is spent largely in the dark, going up and down metal stairs, so is not... More

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