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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  • 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  more »
  • 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 me...  more »
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  • 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. :-)
  • Absolutely fantastic! Went here with some friends from WA yesterday and we had the best time. Peter our guide was so knowledgeable and kind considering some of the stupid questions we asked. He was also very sensitive towards the younger hoomans which was lovely to see. We calculated it yesterday and Peter has done over 6500 tours since working at the goal. He is better than any book for knowledge. After a tour of the goal we went to the watch house! WOW.. that’s all I can say. You must do this tour. I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in years. Left a massive smile on my face. I highly recommend.

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