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. Add Old Melbourne Gaol to your Melbourne travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Melbourne vacation generator.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The Melbourne Goal is an interesting piece of architecture but purpose built. There are many stories to read about -the prisoners, the ideology behind using isolation as a means to start the rehabilit...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We were recommended to visit the Gaol by one of our day tour guide, after knowing that both myself and my partner loves historical places. Similar to Alcatraz or Fremantle, the Gaol showcases the jail...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Found the old Melbourne Goal to a great place to learn about Ned Kelly and other criminals in Australian history and there punishments. One of the tours you can do (which is incorporated into entry fe...  more »
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  • September 1, 2017
    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 son with us and he loved it too. Allow two hours all up for watch house and gaol, plenty to read and learn about. Big thumbs up.
  • September 17, 2017
    The facilities are kept in really good condition, the place is full of history and the staff explains everything being really into their roles when you take the experience tours. Very punctual and well organized and Trevor in Ghosts What Ghosts tour was amazing! He just hooked you with the way of telling the stories and his knowledge* Great experience!!!
  • July 31, 2017
    Old Melbourne can be found here. Also stories about Need Kelly and other convicts were fascinating. It was a blast for me cos I love crime novels.
  • August 26, 2017
    Went here for the first time with a friend who was visiting from the UK. It was great fun! Good way to spend half a day or so.
  • September 17, 2017
    a cool piece of australian history. this is also where ned kelly was jailed and executed. recommend paying the little bit more to take the guided tour as it's very informative. the ticket also includes the watch house a short walking distance down the road.

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