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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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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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Visit the Old Melbourne goal and gain a look into the past. Toirs are held during the day, but if you want to expereince something a little different try the night time tours... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visit the Old Melbourne goal and gain a look into the past. Toirs are held during the day, but if you want to expereince something a little different try the night time tours. Visitng this place in the evening is an added bonus that delivers an entirely different experience. Maybe not for young children but well worth the visit.

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Thalang, Phuket, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The famous words spoken by Ned Kelly seconds be for he was hanged. Visit the Old Melbourne Gaol any time, but a cold rainy day in winter I would recommend then you can imagine how miserable life would have been for the inmates in those days past. The Old Melbourne Gaol is a National trust Heritage Building, that has been... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great insight into our history. We spent hours here just wandering around the gaol and reading about some of the inmates of the past. Not just Ned Kelly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Old Melbourne Gaol is really a good place to visit. It is both a sad place (so many people were executed here, and so many others did suffer inside, including children), but it a rare opportunity to see how people were punished long ago. In addition, you can "be arrested" (with other visitors) and spend time in one of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting chance to see the history of prisons in Australia and read about the history of prisoners. Good guides. Excellent information in various cells. Lock house experience recommended as well.

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Thank Lynne1944
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lots of fun and very interesting. We learnt quite a lot about Melbourne and the building itself as well as the way the law and imprisonment was run way back then

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sobering but interesting look into Melbourne's, and by extension Australia's, recent past. Amazing look into how we treated humans, even though some were violent criminals (many were innocent but incarcerated). Highly recommend the optional "get arrested" experience. Additional insight into the treatment of prisoners, and well performed by the Police Sergeant. Of course there is the additional look at Ned... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went with my 14 year old son. Freaked us both out. Lots of strange noises and caught some weird images on video. The tour guide had come back recently after some time off as the place freaked him out too much. Cool thing to do with your teenage son though!

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Thank Gina W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to learn a little history in an interactive way. This is technically a museum, but information is presented in the form of acting. Two people act out the story of Ned Kelly from his perspective which is really interesting. Also, included in the price is a prison experience where the guard simulates the experience of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I went last night (6/2/16) with my husband. I wanted to do a few things around Melbourne that I had never done before, that I thought I should do since I've lived here my whole life. I found this ghost tour to be BRILLIANT entertainment! I had so much fun. I was scared out of my wits and I wanted... More 

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