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“An inside View” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol
377 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
03 8663 7228
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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“An inside View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

If you are in Melbourne for a long or short stay you should make a visit to the "Old Melbourne Goal."
Experience what it was like to be arrested and held in jail. You get to see the different types of cells. The holding cells, the padded cell, the wet cell! You get locked in a cell with alot of people and the lights are turned out, a bit frightening for some but an authentic recreation of what it must have felt like to have all your freedom and rights taken away from you.
You can do a self guided tour of the Cell Block where there is a clear and informative written summary in the cells outlining the different criminals that stayed there. Be aware that you do need to be able bodied to move up and down the steep metal staircases in the cell block.
I was surprised to learn that the Police Station Watch House onlly closed its doors in 1994. Not so long ago.

Visited January 2013
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

I had the best time here !
The tour guide I as was fantastic
He knew ever think so well and really made the trip memorable.
If you're ever on menourne defiantly take a look :)

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“Old Melbourne Gaol”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

This is something special to visit. You can experience what it's like to be charged with a crime, being locked up in a cell (in the dark) and being 'searched' (sort of). It's a fun way to start your exploration at the Old Melbourne Gaol. You see the gallows, the padded room, etc.

Visited February 2013
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“Fun !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

A really fun way to get into gaol without being a crim.
They make it out to be real a everyone in the group is given a different identity and you can actually see what it is like to be a prisoner.
Really good experience here although a bit scary for the kids.

Visited February 2013
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“Not really that great.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

Not impressed with this attraction.
Quite pricey admission.
Only visited it as we were curious and have made a bad decision of paying for the admission.
Not going back.

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