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 absolutely loved my visit to the Old Melbourne Jail. I must have spent at least 4 hours wondering about the place taking in all of the information and looking at all the artefacts, not to mention th...  more »
  • Interesting and informative look into the Gaols history and that of capital punishment in Australia. Here you are able to view 3 floors of original cells and read the stories of the male and female in...  more »
  • Surprising to find the Old Melbourne Goal in the Melbourne CBD. The Ned Kelly death mask is interesting.  more »
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  • We enjoyed a half day at the gaol. We paid extra $5 per person for a guided group tour that was worth doing, especially when you are lazy to read stuffs. Watch house experience is highly recommended for school kids. The play, SUCH IS LIFE, about Ned Kelly was also enjoyable. Three from audience get to participate to the play and one boy was really excited to be picked and he was fully engaged. They offer these program regularly and scheduled it one after the other so you don't need to wait at all.
  • Old Melbourne Gaol is a great place to learn history and take part in the Police quarters walk through. Wheelchairs will only be able to access the bottom floor in the main building. Families with older children would be preferable as the building has darker lighting. I went with a group of adults and we spent a couple of hours wondering through the three levels. Highly recommend!
  • This was definitely an experience I think everyone who's visiting Melbourne should go for. They simulate the experience of the inmates by having a little role play session. The guide is very knowledgeable and gave us details & told us stories from the past when the jail was still operating. There is also a 2 storey exhibit on inmates and their stories which I found very interesting. Could easily spend 2 - 3 hours here.
  • Watchhouse experience was surprisingly poor, not informative or detailed. Had to look around for yourself, no information on cells or yards and "sergeant" always off drinking tea??? Old courthouse was brilliant. Tom was brilliant as a tour guide and listening to the detailed brief of how the court number 1 was run was exceptional. The museum was good. Lots of information located in cells to give a brief feel of how it would have felt to be locked inside
  • Cool and interesting experience! The tour was entertaining and the tour guide was really funny. Tickets are a little pricey but I think it’s worth it. Spend about 2 hours in total.

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