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.
Old Melbourne Gaol Reviews
Joined the guided tour of the jail and the Watch House. Very interesting and good guided tours. Unique experience! more »
I love old jails. I’ve been to the Mansfield State Reformatory (where Shawshank was filmed), Eastern State Penitentiary, Kilmainham Gaol, and Alcatraz. If you’ve been to any of those places and enjoye... more »
Most of the information you have to read. Which I couldn't be bothered reading all of it, but there was certainly some things worth making the effort ha. The watch house tour was great. I enjoyed the "police woman". She did a great job and made it fun! It was about $25 entry.
We really enjoyed visiting the Old Melbourne Gaol. For a small extra we joined a guided tour and the guide -Troy- was amazing. He is not only extremely knowledgeable, but also he was great with my 4 & 8 years old girls. There was also an interesting activity for the kids (and their parents) available in the end of the tour. The lady at the Watch house was hilarious. :-)
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