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Old Melbourne Gaol

377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 8663 7228
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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 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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377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 3 8663 7228
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Paid for tour and we all got arrested by the sergeant and put in the cells.Had some fun and learnt about the early days of prison life.

Thank fishophill
Reviewed 3 days ago

The visit starts in a quite funny way with a "Police officer" pretending to check you up and arrest you, as well as closing you into a cell for a couple of minutes. Creepy but worth going!

Thank VegMate
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This goal was a interesting site to see ...go to if you love history ... it was an interesting day...something to do in the day time besides shopping

Thank exporter23
Reviewed 6 days ago

Went to the Melbourne Gaol today. Had a fantastic time with their staff who were so informative. I have been to the Gaol before but not with a guide. I learnt so much more than just wandering around. It was fascinating to hear and see...More

1  Thank Donna V
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting The kids enjoyed the experience the tour afterwards at the station next door was excellent and well worth the experience.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

History. It's the might of the story teller that brings it to life. With just two guides for the night, the two of them spun such a good story for a group of 20 plus people that we were totally immersed in the history of...More

1  Thank moshi_jy
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to visit while in Melbourne there is so much history attached to this goal. They have tour guides who also make it fun. Parts of the goal is quite eerie however very enjoyable. A must visit.

Thank Linda J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pretty cool step back time. Went with guided tour. The guide made you feel like you were there. That was special. The watchhouse and gaol had looks of interesting facts and a items to look at. I was enthralled at the storyline about the rise...More

Thank Harry M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must do if visiting Melbourne. Awesome experience. Spend the extra few dollars on the guided tour. Worth every cent.

Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited early on a Sunday to avoid the crowds. Glad we did, it was nice to have the place almost to ourselves. I bought a $5 audio tour, and it was worth it. The gaol is packed with historic information and...More

Thank lisa_lancaster5
Central Business District
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corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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Suitable for children?
12 May 2017|
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Response from Simin N | Reviewed this property |
I guess the kids wouldn't like this place. Talking about crimes and seeing they way prisoner lived is not interesting for them.
may I know the times for the watch house experience?
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.
Kylie C
Is the old Melbourne gaol wheelchair accessible?
3 July 2016|
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Response from adelcomp | Reviewed this property |
As best as I can remember, access was via ramp, and an elevator is available to access all three levels.