Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne

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At Old Melbourne Gaol, see how Australia handled its most notorious criminals many years ago. Built in 1839, the prison housed and executed famous criminals such as Ned Kelly and serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming. Today, you can tour the prison's three levels. Visit cells, see the execution area, take a spooky night tour, or participate in a reenactment of a trial. Above all, learn about crime and punishment during Australia's wild past. Before you visit Melbourne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • This was a must do when we arrived in Melbourne. The girls spent hours here, they were fascinated with the history and we all found it very interesting. Another off the list of to do's.  more »
  • If your looking to learn a little it of Melbourne history, then this is the place for you. The cost of entry permits you to explore the old jail as long as you like. It also includes a little skit/rol...  more »
  • Concession meant 60+. The guided tour cost an added $5 and was well worth it. The guide provided lots of history related to the life in jail, crimes that got you there, the operations, hangings and co...  more »
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  • Great setup with tours with guides that know their stuff. Otherwise you can walk around and just experience the atmosphere. Ned Kelly artifacts there are amazing but its the stories about every day people that tell you how much society has changed. The place is confronting but thoroughly absorbing.
  • Good jail museum, lots of information on those held and executed there. I recommend the very good interactive expect in the Watch House. However at $28 the ticket price a bit expensive. Absolutely don't bother paying $5 for the guided tour, the information boards have much more information and you don't risk the tour being hijacked by questions.
  • Really fascinating insight into the history of this state, of law & order and some of the interesting characters that used to inhabit this place. Definite fun for older kids and adults, very young kids might be a little put off by the death masks and the gallows but there are other things to see and do for them. Also highly educational
  • Very interesting afternoon. Some great information about crime and punishment in Victoria historically. Would definitely recommend for adults and children alike!
  • Super amazing tour filled with Melbourne history. Worth to visit and good value for money. Strongly recommended. Will come back!!

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The hub of tourist and commercial activity, the center of Melbourne remains the best place to stay if you're looking to splurge and enjoy every possible modern amenity during your visit. Travelers on a limited budget can search for cozy yet less expensive rooms in the seaside suburb of St Kilda or the bohemian neighborhood of Fitzroy. Though the city center offers more than a fair share of mid-range lodging options, you'll also find plenty of rooms in this price bracket in the quieter suburbs.
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