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Old Melbourne Gaol

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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...more
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377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a great place to look at how the prison system worked and why people ended up there all those years ago. Ned Kelly being the main attraction. Schools should teach the younger generation more about Australian history.More

Thank DebG P
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed learning about the Gaol and is connection to Melbourne's early history. For schools we run an education program that is very popular with both primary and secondary schools introducing children to a love of...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The place itself is mildly interesting especially if you buy the guided tour, but it is certainly not worth the 28 bucks they ask. If you have something better to do, avoid this one.More

Thank Mauro S
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. we hope that you had time to see both buildings that are including in the ticket, the Watch House experience through the old police lock up and the old prison cell with is older history, stories of Melbourne's immigration and...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a different type of visit in that they treat you as if you're a prisoner for a while. Having a companion or two with me might have made the experience a lot better, but, the history is great and it's interesting to read...More

Thank Jacqui R
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. The Old Melbourne Gaol ticket offers access to two building giving a different history of Melbourne's crime and justice over the years with stories from the days of operation as a prison.

Reviewed 1 week ago

I've always wanted to visit the Old Melbourne Gaol and finally able to visit it in May. The grounds are well kept and the person manning the front reception is very friendly. I have read about this place and was happy to know I was...More

Thank Angie K
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. The Old Melbourne Gaol stories tell the history of immigration and development of Melbourne through the stories of the people who have passed through the building including the infamous Ned Kelly. there is plenty to read and the Watch House...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Old Melbourne Gaol for the Ghost Tour, i have been here during the day and enjoyed it so much that i felt compelled to go once again on this visit. The Ghost Tour was fun, it sent shivers down my spine and kept...More

Thank Billie M
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your visit. we are pleased that you enjoyed both our day time and night time experience, the Gaol has a lot of atmosphere which at night is heightened by the stories being told.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting walking around the old Gaol. Lots of interesting stories to read and the death masks. Watch house very good lots of fun, we both enjoyed it .

Thank Dean K
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. The Old Melbourne Gaol has lots of stories to tell us about Melbourne's development, and our collection of death mask help bring these stories to life.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family & I have visited the Old Melbourne Gaol on two occasions over the past 5 years. We had enjoyed it both times. Easy to get to Russell St on the tram & reasonably priced for a family of 4. Do the old watch...More

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you came to visit again and enjoyed both the Watch House and the Gaol museum, during the school holidays we also open up the Old Magistrates court so that's one for the next trip maybe.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a night tour of the Gaol via candle light. Our tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and added light hearted commentary giving a detailed history of the Gaol and it many male and female inmates, including Ned Kelly.

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. The Gaol at nights has lots of atmosphere, a perfect back drop to our Ghost stories, our guides enjoy regaling our more creepier stories on both the Ghost and Hangman's night tours

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really interesting walking around the old Gail and reading the stories and history. Especially that of the women and foreigners. Loved reading about the use during the war also. The Watch House tour was really good. The “guard” tour guide made this a real experience...More

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. Our combined ticket for the Watch House and Gaol gives a few hours of interesting entertainment filled with Melbourne's early history. The dark stories and arresting experience are enjoyed by all.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My two teenage children hadn’t been to Melbourne so the Gaol was definitely on the agenda. They surprisingly read a majority of the cell stories and had a lot of fun locking each other in the cells 🙄 Not much has changed since I’d been...More

Thank AnnalisaMarieB
Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. often its the kids who love the dark stories told in the Gaol the most. Your suggestions are excellent, we do run school holiday activites so hopefully you can come back again.

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Shane A
12 September 2018|
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Hi, Thank you for your enquiry, we have a number of sergeants on rotation so can't give a name for a particular day. Warm regards Old Melbourne Gaol
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lele809
16 July 2016|
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Response from Stacey H | Reviewed this property |
You have to telephone the Gaol or check out the website for night tours, they have three and they run on different nights. I think they release the nights and times up to 2 weeks before. These are different to the day tours.
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KylieC327
3 July 2016|
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Response from Jaffelt |
Access to the gaol for wheelchairs is the ground floor only. The Watch House and Court have wheelchair access.
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