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“Definitely Worth A Visit”
Review of Old Melbourne Gaol

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: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
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“Definitely Worth A Visit”
Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

When my Partner said he wanted to visit this place a wasn't really feeling it I thought old jail how boring!!!! But I have to admit I really enjoyed it. Make sure you do The Watch House you get to take part in a role play as if you where a prisoner. You get booked in to the Prison and get put into a cell and treated like a prisoner it was funny.... Then you get to look around the Prison and Learn all about Ned Kelly. Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

I think it was about $40 for our family to get in. Totally worth it,so full of history and lots of information available.You can go 40m down the road and get "arrested old style".

Visited March 2013
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yorktown virginia
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“for a fun as well as educationial experience”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Be prepared for a strange, great, interesting, bizarre, and original experience. this tour will make you laugh and cringe. The guides are excellent--and the after-tour displays are also excellent.

This is an important part of this city and Australia's history--and the historical interpreters make you feel like part of this and make you understand what was really going on here.

This might be scary for little kids, frankly, but it's well worth your time to come here.

Visited February 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“Find Ned Kelly”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Loved it. After a day spent in the hot sun, it was nice to take a break in the Gaol and get locked up with some "criminals" in a nice cool cell and an officer yelling at you LOL!!. My family and I had a ball here and learning more about Ned kelly's life was an added bonus. We would have loved to do the night tour if we had had more time but sadly we did not. Next time we will add it to our to do list.

Visited January 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Brings history to life”
Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

An interesting, but expensive, history lesson. Gives you a very good feel for challenges faced by the early "settlers" should they step on the wrong side of the law. Allow at least 2 hrs if you want to have the full experience.

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