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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
Central Business District
+61 3 9656 9889
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 7 July 2003

Melbourne Gaol was a fantastically scary experience. I attended the night show, which runs for around an hour, and was very impressed. The tour is taken by a actor who plays the part of a prison guard at the gaol in the early 1900's. You...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 3 March 2011

A review of two halves. The Gaol is interesting, thought provoking and well presented. The small displays in the cells, as well as the bigger ones on the landings give a real insight into the grim reality of 19th & 20th Century criminal justice, without...More

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We had a day to kill in Melbs and decided to check this out as it was near our accommodation. We didn't get a chance to do the old police station experience because we were too caught up at the gaol itself. The experience inside...More

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Reviewed yesterday

We went on the Ghost Tour and saw where poor old Ned was incarcerated and hung - poor Ned! It was very atmospheric, but dress warm. use your phone or torch for footing in places. We went to Lygon st afterwards for hot chocolate and...More

Thank Lori Anne T
Reviewed 2 days ago

I stopped here by chance and had great fun when the ticket included the watch house and being arrested!

Thank Beryl B
Reviewed 4 days ago

My 10yr old loved learning about the history of the jail and it's notorious inmates like Ned Kelly. He enjoyed seeing the small cells and hearing the stories of the convicts. It's a really well kept building and you can feel the history within it....More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The place is not really impressive as you could expect but it helps you have an idea of what is was to be a prisionersome years ago. Being an European it is not as our Castles, Dungeons, etc, from the Midlle Ages but it's OK...More

Thank miglozoya
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A lot of history and interesting data throughout in the original cells. The "death masks" are somewhat intimidating and haunting but a reminder of how different things were back in those days.

Thank tinfence
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is worth visiting. It is both forbidding and interesting. As well as the gaol itself with all the cells there is a lot of photographs and deathmasks of past criminals. There is also a “Crime and Justice Experience” where visitors are put through the...More

Thank Lyn B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my teenage boys to visit this venue because we haven't been there and thought "why not?". After joining a guided tour and then visit the old jail, both my sons and myself were surprised how enjoyable it was! Who would have thought visiting...More

Thank HweeHall
Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour is very entertaining, especially the Watch Tour. Your are greeted by a tough cop who puts you through the procedures when you get arrested. Might be a bit scary for young kids, but a fun experience.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dropped in to have a look at the old gaol and was not disappointed. Ensure you attend the watch house tour, very entertaining and informative. Completed our tour of the gaol and listened to a very informative talk about the gallows in the gaol. Highly...More

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26 October 2018|
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Response from Ookie23 | Reviewed this property |
Not really appropriate for young children. They would need to be old enough to appreciate the history of this Gaol and have some understanding of penal institutions in general. Not a cheerful,place.
Shane A
12 September 2018|
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Response from KathleenT1287 | Property representative |
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
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.