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“Interesting look at Melbournes Penal past” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol
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Melbourne Self-Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #15 of 351 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Interesting look at Melbournes Penal past”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

Again, Melboure do a fine job with their Museums and this is no exception. If you have an interest in Ned Kelly then it's a must see. There are also some hair raising stories told during the tour. I wouldn't wan to spend a night in the place.

Visited March 2012
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Stamford, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not Worth $25”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

This is an interesting and historical building. I did the Watchhouse tour and as others have mentioned, the gaol itself is self guided. There were warnings for kids under 15 regarding the Watchhouse tour and I expected it to be much more severe. As others have mentioned, it was more for funny entertainment. The Watchhouse tour was about half an hour and it took me about half an hour to do the self-guided tour. If I had paid $8, it would have been worth it, but not $25.

Visited December 2012
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“An uncomfortable experience”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012

Not quite sure what I expected,but not all the death masks,gallows and focus on capital punishment.Wish I had not visited.

Visited November 2012
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seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Interesting...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

We just did the tour of the jail and because it was the holidays one of the tour guides was giving an overview of the jail. He provided a lot of interesting info as well as explained how the exhibits are laid out. We spent the next hour wandering around reading scary stories of convicts... a special section designated for the famous Ned Kelly.
Overall a fun hour or so...

Visited December 2012
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adelaide
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

Husband and I did the Watchhouse tour with an enjoyable "Sargeant". good for a laugh. The gaol itself is self guided, but there was a volunteer there with stories to tell. Very good

Visited December 2012
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