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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 yesterday via mobile

Recently visited the Gaol and had quite a lot of history and cool info , could I suggest in this day an age where people are more drawn to an interactive environment perhaps having more props ? Like the Ned Kelly suit for photos etc...More

Thank Steveinthebay
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. the Gaol history reflects the development of early Melbourne and these stories are told through the death masks, information boards, Kelly gang replica suits of armor that can be tried on and a large number of artifacts. We do have...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

The Old Melbourne Gaol is now a museum, which formerly incarcerated some of Australia's worst criminals including the infamous Ned Kelly and Frederick Bailey Deeming. It contains a lot of exhibits and history to read. Amongst the exhibits are death masks of some of the...More

Thank Xenedis
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. We have certainly have had a fair share of Melbourne's worst criminal pass through the Gaol doors and their stories are told through our death masks and information boards through the cell block. The Watch House experience in the old...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I really enjoyed the ghost tour on Tuesday night and wish that I could have had spent the night in a cell.

Thank mgstephenson
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. Our Ghost tour guides have lots of creepy stories to share and the Gaol at night has a great atmosphere, I think staying the night might prove to scary though!

Reviewed 4 days ago

A Melbourne must do. Easy access from CBD.... informative and self paced....plenty of atmosphere. Lots of dark sad history. Make sure you participate in the half hour "Arresting Experience" (free with entry fee) with very entertaining guide (arresting officer).

Thank Kelvin J
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. Our stories are dark but give insight into Melbourne's early years. the Watch House arresting experience is a must for anyone wanting to know what a watch house is like on the inside.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I thought I would pop in with some time to kill. The entrance fee was a little steep, but as I discovered, worth it. The gaol offers lots of history on the building and the inmates. Pretty much open access. There is also guided tours...More

Thank Daniel C
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. You are right you do need at least a couple of hours to do the Gaol and Watch House well. Lots of stories about past inmates and Melbourne developing Colonial years.

Reviewed 6 days ago

If you're in Melbourne take a walk up to the gaol, it's not that far from Flinders street, or take a tram. It gives real insite into life for the prisoners. The guides are great and you'll learn alot.

Thank Hugh K
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. We are pleased you made it up the hill from Flinders Street to visit us. The Gaol is full of stories about Melbourne"s past and our guide have lots of tales to share.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

such an interesting old building steeped with history. The staff are knowledgeable and happy to share the stories of the past. A must see in Melbourne.

Thank Andy N
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. Our guides have heads full of Gaol stories they are happy to share, Melbourne's early development and treatment of criminals in the colony. Hope you also had time to do the Watch House experience as well.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve been to a few goals in my lifetime and this is one I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to find out more about how Melbournians treated their prisoners including the infamous Ned Kelly. I’d definitely recommend upgrading your experience to include the watchtower...More

Thank Krytennz
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you visited both building that are included in your general admission ticket. The Watch House arresting experience is fun for all albeit a little scary for the little ones at the start. On Saturdays we also...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Old Gaol was great, we did the tour which i highly recommend. You learn a lot about how the gaol operated and some interesting facts on past inmates. You also hear the storey of Ned Kelly. You get to go to the watchhouse and...More

Thank Belinda S
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you visited us during school holidays and were able to include the court in your visit along with our school holiday activities. The guided tours certainly enhance your visit with guides who have heads full of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was told to visit and glad I went. For $28 got to experience being arrested and thrown in the police cells. Interactive with a police officer treating you the criminal you are including explaining why you are there( Public Nuisance). The experience lasted 30 minutes...More

Thank Shane H
KathleenT1287, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol, the two buildings included in your ticket give great insight into 19th Century Melbourne and 20th Century police practice. Ned spent his last days at the Gaol.

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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
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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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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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