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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 visited in August 2018 on a very wet day. The old gaol men’s block is largely intact and open. You can wander the three floors of the prison cells, with some of the cells containing information about past prisoners (including some death masks), the...More

Thank ADP29
Reviewed 2 days ago

my parents had visited years ago, so relatives decided we should should visit when we visited them. as on the previous visit everyone was scared, so thought the children would like it. we walked around the old goal before and reading the stories of prisoners...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Absolutely enjoyed the whole experience. A must do when in Melbourne. The prison guard was brilliant and played his character with passion. My kids loved this tour

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The get arrested activity was ok. Our guide was very good at her part. The actual jail wasn't as interesting, as some of the floors are just cells, and not much history. Ok experience.More

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

Thank you for your review. The Old Melbourne Gaol stories cover Melbourne's history from the gold rush days until 1920's, along side the Watch House arresting experience in a building that tells Melbourne's crime and punishment stories. We do offer guided tours which enhance our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommend a guided tour as you will find it more interesting learning about the history of the Old Melbourne gaol. We paid an extra $5 for a self guided tour with headset that gave some info. Plenty of information throughout touring. Very eerie to learn...More

Thank Amanda J
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were going to do the Gaol but were put off by the cost for four, especially as you could see a lot of it from the outside.More

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

Thank you for your review. We are sorry that you didn't come in as there is a lot to look at and read inside about Melbourne's colorful history from the gold rush to 1920's. Our prices are very competitive and at $65 for a family...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is awsome. I like the way the exhibits are presented. We payed extra 5 AUD for the self-guided audio tour of the gaol and it was good. However, I wish we came a little bit earlier to have a proper guided tour and...More

Thank Jelena G
Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Our audio tours are a great way of getting lots of information if you are time poor and with more time our guided groups give great insight and great stories from our guides. The Watch House is a really interesting...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw a suggestion for this tour in Fodors - and decided to try it; although this is something I would not ordinarily consider. Really enjoyed it. The hangman gives a narrated tour in the darkened prison providing a history of the prison and its occupants....More

Thank Stephanie H
Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for you review. Night Tours at the Gaol give a different perspective l and make for a fun night in the city. Hopefully next time you visit you will be able to come during the day and listen to our guidse tell stories...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting place to visit scary to think the condition that prisoners were in during those times and psychiatric patients especialy

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Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. The Old Melbourne Gaol has a lot of fascinating stories about the treatment of different people through its history. Combined with the Watch House a visit to the Old Melbourne Gaol is an eye opening visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed Old Melbourne Goal. Lots of interesting information and the historical architecture is fascinating. By far our favourite part was the Lock Up experience. ‘Sergeant Finch’ created an appropriately uncomfortable air spattered with relieving humour. She was quick to read the crowd and...More

Thank Kathryn R
Kathleen T, Manager at Old Melbourne Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that your son had a great experience, our sergeants enjoy working with the different dynamics in a group and Sgt Finch is one of our most experienced so thank you. We hope to see you back...More

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways
tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary
feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the
city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques,
throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
never quite know what you’ll find around the next
corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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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.
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.
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.