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 recently booked us in for a ghost tour, a night in the watch house, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Th staff who were a part of our experience were wonderful, there was a theatrical element put on the sto...  more »
  • A visit to Old Melbourne Gaol is a visit back in time. It is like walking back to a totally different world. It is hard to imagine how anybody could have "lived" in there, but then again the "tenants"...  more »
  • Great place to visit. Lots of information to read on past inmates.It is very earie, I was waiting for those ghosts to appear.  more »
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  • Most of the information you have to read. Which I couldn't be bothered reading all of it, but there was certainly some things worth making the effort ha. The watch house tour was great. I enjoyed the "police woman". She did a great job and made it fun! It was about $25 entry.
  • 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.
  • Amazing experience during the night time ghost tour. Great host who was full of knowledge and often gave us a good jump telling his stories or giving the doors a good old slam! Definitely an eerie place full of history and we were fortunate to hear one or two bumps through the tour. A must do if you’re in melbourne- I imagine any of their tours would be a great experience!
  • Great opportunity to see Old Melbourne Goal as it was, some harrowing tales of justice. The watch house experience tour is good as you are taken in as an attested criminal. You need some time if you want to do every cell, as lots of information.
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