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Old Melbourne Gaol
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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 grants you visiting rights to the past, present and future of crime and justice in Australia.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Reviewed October 4, 2012

The gaol is a great visit simply for the history in particular the whole Ned Kelly aspect. We were there in school holidays and there were activities running. A re-enactment of the Ned Kelly trial whereby you can volunteer to play a role & a mock Lock-up at the watch house where you are arrested and processed as though you would have been 'in the day'. All was fantastic, very interesting, informative and entertaining, probably more than I ad expected.

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Reviewed October 3, 2012

I am totally transported back in time whenever we visit Old Melbourne Gaol! So fantastic! Make sure you do the evening Ghost Tour!! Brilliant!

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

The Old Melbourne Gaol was the scene of execution for over 100 prisoners including the infamous Ned Kelly. The building is quite beautiful but I could not help but dwell on the events that occurred there. On the ground floor some of the cells contain the death masks of some of the prisoners. A very educational visit which chilled me to the bone.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

My family really wanted to go to the goal but I didnt - I am so glad I went with them in the end! A retired policeman gave us a very inciteful recount of what it was like for prisoners/people awaiting trial,who were kept in the holding cells/goal in the years up until the mid 80's. Well worth the experience.

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

Just came back from the Hangmans tour. The tour guide was fantastic (and very patient with the two older women making fun of practically everything he said..) and well knowledgable.

Ive toured the gaol quite a few times, but this was the first night tour. It was a shame it only went for an hour, but plenty of information was given to leave you satisfied. You get a chance after the tour to walk through the gaol and take photos - like we did.. and we got some really strange pictures out of it - multiple white streaks across the lens; white orbs; strange shapes in corners.. YIKES! Next stop - the ghost tour. Will let ya's all know how that goes!

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