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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Old Melbourne Gaol: Admission Tickets
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Old Melbourne Gaol: Admission Tickets
From US$20.47*
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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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We decided to visit the gaol having read reviews on line. We paid the extra 5 dollars to have the guided tour, which was informative, we gained a good overview and then spent time on our own walking around and reading about the exhibits on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank traceyh584
Reviewed 2 days ago

We did both the Melbourne Goal and Watch House tours. Thanks to tour guides Tom from the Goal and Sgt Craig from the Watch House, for fantastic tours and all the history that went with it and seeing the funny side of life in these...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Joan S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Had a god look around and there is a lot to see and read on information panels in the old cells. allow a good few hours to take it all in. The tour comprises of 3 parts, the old Goal , the watch house and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Grant W
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Old Melbourne Gaol has a couple of different tours including night tours. I took a daytime standard tour. The buildings and interiors are all original and kept in their original state to keep the authenticity of your experience. It is quite scary to contemplate...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 369heather
Reviewed 4 days ago

What an eye opener this place is, good story telling and acting out scenes of the past, lots of reading to advise on previous inmates etc

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kangoloo
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Recommend for sure. We took our 2 children (7/8) to see the Old Melbourne Gaol. We all thouroughly enjoyed ourselves. The kids were given an activity sheet and a UV light to find Ned Kelly's hidden message and they loved trying to find the symbols....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Rebecca P
Reviewed 4 days ago

We took our grandchildren to visit and they loved it. I feel they learnt a lot by completing the booklet of questions. They enjoyed being locked up in the cell which I can’t say I did. The court house tour and Ned Kelly story added...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lyndenm2017
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Have always wanted to visit the Gaol knowing there was some serious Australian history within these walls. Quite eery to stand beneath the trapdoor that Ned Kelly was hung from and even more surreal to look into the eyes of the mask that was cast...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Masiar14
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The watchhouse and court house guided tour was great for both kids and adults, kudos to the staff for making it a realistic but also fun experience! Much more reasonably priced than other tourist attractions in Melbourne CBD and less focused on being a money...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LisaHick
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Gaol was well worth a visit and you can wander around to your heart's content. There is a lot of information within the cells regarding the occupants. With your ticket there is also access to guided tours of the magistrates court which is made...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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27 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
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.