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Review of Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol
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$19.98*
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Melbourne Self-Guided Audio Tour
Ranked #15 of 353 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: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 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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Sydney
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“Old Melbourne Gaol”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 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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Donegal Town, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fun !”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Not really that great.”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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Sydney, Australia
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“What an experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend and I went here on the second of February 2013. We thought the price of entry was reasonable as this included a tour of the gaol, a play by a women who was the character of Ned Kellys mother and the watch house experience. I found the gaol very insightful and I liked how they had it set up with facts about props that they had. I also liked how they had death masks and rooms set up to look how they would of back when the gaol was operating. The watch house experience is something not to be missed as well. all in all a very good day. We took photos at the watch house of mug shots and behind bars which is a a nice memorable keep sake. A great day for everyone. I loved it.

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