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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  • The place is not really impressive as you could expect but it helps you have an idea of what is was to be a prisionersome years ago. Being an European it is not as our Castles, Dungeons, etc, from the...  more »
  • Very specific feelings from the visit. The atmosphere of the prison keeps a history of its inhabitants. They say some of their souls are still here ... In prison there are original presentation for tourists. But my husband and I abstained. Impressions was enough from reading the stories of prisoners and types of cameras and equipment.
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  • A lot of history and interesting data throughout in the original cells. The "death masks" are somewhat intimidating and haunting but a reminder of how different things were back in those days.  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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