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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  • Brought the kids to this place for a visit on a wet Sunday. Staff was very friendly and helpful. The place is full of many historical exhibits and stories. The kids found them so interesting. The watch house experience was fun. The staff acted as a sergeant making us role play as a criminals to be "processed" through all the inmate "check-in" procedures. We were made sitting in a cell and lights switched off for a brief moment. We felt like going back the time tunnel to feel these dark history in such realistic manner. What a pleasant surprise. Really a good visit.
  • Mel the tour guide was very informative, kept us together and on track to make the watch house arrest. Sergeant B Kane was an absolute hoot, played the part perfectly. Well worth a visit, historically rich with penal tales of its time. Enjoyed every minute.
  • Brilliant! Could spend the better part of a day there reading and looking around. We found it to be good value for money especially with the Watch House Tour included where you get arrested and processed. Our "Sargeant Fitch" was fantastic and really created a fun (in amongst the serious) atmosphere 😁. In truth I grinned the whole time. You can come and go that day from the gaol which is great if you want to do the levels in stages and have a snack or some "fresh air" as you go through.
  • A friend and I visited Melbourne Gaol, being able to walk around here and get a feel for the size of the cells and history of the prisoners is quite eerie! The death masks are so well detailed/preserved and in some of them you can see individual hairs on the face. Loved the availability of the history and interaction of this attraction. We then went next door to the police station which was fully functional at one point. We were taken in “as prisoners” and stood in the cell block. The “sergeant” was fantastic in his role play, was quite frightening and gave me sweaty palms. Divided men and woman and then into groups where you were locked in a cell with the lights out. You were then taken to the exercise yard for men and then a smaller one for women; during this the sergeant was very informative; fantastic how all the markings on the wall are original from the cell mates when the police station was open. Definitely an experience that makes me never want to be arrested!! Fantastic fun for all, not to be missed! This is a very well worth visit and if you are a english National Trust member free!! The tour is in two parts next door to each other, the Watch house where the guide plays a very stern sergeant who charges you and you are separated in to male and female and placed in a cell with lights out! Very sobering when you are told this was still used till 1994. The other part is the old goal and this is where the likes of Ned Kelly and other felons were locked up and hanged . Well worth the visit even if you have to pay.
  • Loved it. History here. Well worth it. Got arrested. Then toured the prison. So glad I went.
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