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“Night tour - good but limited time after to explore if you do more than skim” 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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Ranked #27 of 207 Attractions in Melbourne
Type: Historic Sites
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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
Brisbane, Australia
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“Night tour - good but limited time after to explore if you do more than skim”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

The stories and the guide was a good way to bring extra life to the history and provide a good overview of the main historic points. However, they weren't clear how much extra time you had at the end (the start of the tour they implied that you'd have all the time you'd like) and we found ourselves really caught off guard and didn't get to nearly everything we wanted. It's good that the only people in are those on the tour, but if you like to read the plaques or take lots of photos, you'll likely be pressed for time. There's no advantage to coming early - especially if it's cold as you'll be waiting outside and limited seating.

Visited May 2012
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“Must do!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

What a great attraction this place is. A great self tour of the gaol with death masks of inmates and the infamous Ned Kelly. A great experience for kids and adults and you can get 'arrested' and go through the booking experience at the watchhouse next door.

Visited April 2013
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“interesting place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

great place to visit and wonder around getting the history of Australian criminals and what they were put in there for and punishment.
good to wonder around and experience this prison at your own pace.
Well worth it.

Visited October 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Awesome place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Very interesting and informative place to visit. Well known for its most famous inmate in Ned Kelly but they also have alot of history of other inmates both male and female that were incarcerated here that adds to the experience. Most cells contained either Death masks and stories of inmates and also information on the people who actually pulled the lever to open the hatch for the hangings. It really gives you an insight to how times were back when this was a gaol and how the hardships of everyday life took its toll on many people and they ended up in here. In your admission price you also get to go to the Melbourne Watch House and be booked and photographed as if you are becoming an inmate of the gaol and also you can attend a court hearing re enactment of the trial of Ned Kelly. The trial has actual crowd involvement which makes it that bit more interesting. Definately worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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“Old Melbourne Gaol”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Interesting site of historical significance- you will enjoy it more if you enjoy reading lots of plaques. There is a couple of interactive elements- you can participate in Ned Kelly's 'trial' or get arrested and taken to the watchhouse. The staff play their parts very well and are a wealth of information, although a lot of it will go over younger kids heads.

Visited April 2013
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