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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  • I spent a lovely couple of hours here! The best bits were visiting the watch house - the charge sergeant would arrest you and put you in a cell. I noticed all the kids loved it! So don’t be put off fo...  more »
  • This man went to jail and was locked up in a cell, after a while, put out the light. Luckily, it was released again. A skudespelare played a very string Constable. He handed out a paper that described a crime. Then got the one who got the paper play the role was sentenced. I was lucky to be there when they played up a theater that was about Ned Kelly. He sat right in this prison, you could walk into his cell. It was several floors with cellar. It was a fun visit.
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  • Sadly, we arrived too late to join a tour, but the friendly front desk employee gave us a discount to enter and enjoy the part of the gaol that didn’t have a tour. I’m so glad we did! It was a history...  more »
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  • Absolutely fantastic. Thoroughly enjoyed, excellent value for money and extremely informative. Staff were so knowledgeable and friendly. We went through the gaol and did the watch house experience, had our ten year old with us and it was a huge hit. Allow two hours all up for watch house and gaol, plenty to read and learn about. Big thumbs up.
  • 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.
  • Excellent place to have a few hours to the quiet of the cells and read the history good for kids. The experience of the police lookup was not as good as the furst time a couple of years ago. Better when there is a lesser crowd.
  • These is a must do and see well worth it. Very friendly staff. Will be back again.
  • 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.

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