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Review of Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol
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$39.22*
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Ranked #17 of 450 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 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
Reviewed July 14, 2013

So much to see and not enough time. There was the gaol, the watch house and a court room experience well worth the money if we had to pay. This attraction has a reciprocal arrangement with the National Trust in the Uk so on showing my card we got in for nothing. There's plenty to see the guides in the gaol are very informative but the staring role ins the Sergeant in the watch house - this is a man who enjoys his role - no more can be said otherwise it will spoil the visit for others.

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Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

Good prison tour with an excellent guide (sergeant R Finch) who locked us up and was really informative and observant in marshmallows. Good spaces to wander and explore. Then excellent Ned Kelly trial reenactment experience. A must do for visitors.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013 via mobile

Loved the watch house experience, I would recommend it to all $25per person well spent. The information you get from the people who work there is priceless so ask questions.

Thank Dayella G
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I Loved the old Melbourne gaol being very intrigued by true crime etc. this was right up my alley. they even have a Ned Kelly armour suit you can put on. The only bad thing about it was my daughter got bored very easily

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Others who had been highly recommended we visit the gaol, really glad we did. Very interesting to see what the conditions were like. The 'lock up' experience was a lot of fun. Spent a couple of hours here easily. Lots of reading, some audio tours could make it a bit better.

Thank rachylou75
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