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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 8663 7228
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Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century...

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.

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"A Night at the Watch House"

"A Night at the Watch House" is an amazing experience. i thoroughly enjoyed it.I highly recommend it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

"A Night at the Watch House" is an amazing experience. i thoroughly enjoyed it.I highly recommend it.

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This is an experience that you have to see for your own eyes. Very enjoyable, helpful staff and a very friendly experience.

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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The 'A Night in the Watch House' tour at the Old Melbourne Gaol was an amazing experience. I would highly recommend this night tour to anyone who is considering visiting the Gaol.

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A Night in the Watch House was the best experience. Would recommend this tour around the Gaol for anyone. Will remember this for the rest of my life.

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The Night at the Watchhouse at the Old Melbourne Gaol was a brilliant experience worth going to. I highly recommend this night tour.

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A night at the watch house was an fantastic tour and a night to remember. I would definitely recomen it for everyone, it was unforgettable and a great experience.

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This tour was an unforgettable experience and was highly educational. Would recommend to anyone that is visiting Melbourne.

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Great place to visit. Lots to read about the history and people who were in the prison cells .Quite eiry but a good eye opener of how it must have been to be an in mate.

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And while you are there, you can join the free "Crime and Justice experience" of what it was like to be arrested and put in gaol! The "Duty Sergeant" was a scary fellow who made it seem all the more real. Don't miss this. By the way, if you are a National Trust member, you get in for free so... More 

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Nice experience but I thing it is not worth the money you pay. I recommend the Melbourne museum instead

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