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Old Melbourne Gaol

377 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9656 9889
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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 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
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited Melbourne this month and went to the old Melbourne goal excellent place to go to get a look at part of Melbournes history, easy to get to, great displays and the team where fantastic, highly reccommend

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. So great to hear you had such a good time! Hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We enjoyed our visit to the old Gaol and found the wardens very informative and interesting. We did the tour where we were arrested and processed and found this amusing at times and great to go behind the scenes

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed your experience at the Gaol!

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Price includes entrance into the old gaol and entry into the adjacent "holding cells" where we are arrested and shown the internal processing for this arrested. Can be a bit intense for anyone sensitive to the way prisoners were tested and executed. We spent a...More

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. Sounds like you made the most of your time at the gaol! Thanks for coming!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I have long been intrigued to visit Old Melbourne Gaol. I’m glad that I did but I definitely won’t be repeating the experience. A very sad place. I was shocked to learn that prisoners were lashed there as late as 1958. Barbaric. Of course there...More

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. It is certainly a sad place, though significant none the less and we thank you for your visit! Just to clarify though, the Gaol ceased operation in 1924. Any punishments handed out after then were generally at Pentridge Prison, not...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The cells feel quite eerie with all the death masks and stories of the convicted who were incarcerated here. Fascinating insight into the life of Ned Kelly and just a touch scary to stand near to where so many were executed.

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. Certainly is an eerie feeling about the place, glad you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Visting the old gaol was very informative and educational. Loved the watch house tour. Would recommend if you have a few hours free.

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I came here with my boyfriend and his friend. We were in Melbourne for a day and wanted to learn a little about the history and do some sight seeing. We spent maybe 40 minutes in here before leaving for the coffee shop across the...More

Thank Rebecca M
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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. Unfortunate that you all started to feel a little low, seems you maybe picked up some vibes. Glad you were able to find it somewhat interesting though!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Unbelievably this goal was in full operation in the format you get to walk around right up to 1994. It’s a grim and depressing but none the less excellent insight into the bleak world of prison. You have access to all the cells over 3...More

Thank Dakles
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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. Glad to hear you had a great time at the Gaol and Watch House! Just to clarify though, it was the Watch House in operation until 1994. The Gaol ceased operation in 1924. A lot of information to take in!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The old jail was interesting and haunting. However, getting arrested and thrown in the holding tank in the watch house was THE BEST! Must do in Melbourne!

Thank Melyni B
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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. The Watch House certainly is a unique experience and a must do as you say! Where else can you be arrested for 5 minutes?!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting place for those with some knowledge of Melbourne's criminal history. The whole show of being treated like a prisoner would probably work better on families than on a single adult, but overall a place worth visiting.

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. Thank you for coming! glad you had a nice time.

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lele809
17 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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Kylie C
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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kimmybuch
28 February 2016|
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Response from Sharonkitch |
$28 for an adult: family ticket was $65. Not sure if that restricts you to only 2 children. Way too pricy IMHO.
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