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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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • We spent the extra $5 for the tour which was so very worth it. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about everything (he mentioned he'd studied it in depth and written books about its history) so we learnt a lot more than we would've had we only walked around reading the signs. The gaol is in excellent condition with lots of really interesting information to read and things to look at. I only wish there was more of the gaol left to explore!
  • Great place for the family to see a little bit of old Australia, right in the middle of Melbourne. Some of the exhibits can be quite confronting for kids, so expect to do some explaining (or tap-dancing). Also - would recommend the watch-house side tour as well (less historic, but a good companion tour). Would only have liked a little more interaction in the exhibits as it was too reliant on reading for,younger children.
  • I think the staff said allow 45 minutes for the visit and they are right. The gaol itself is not huge to walk around (3 levels of one wing) but many of the cells have stories on the wall of inmates or other historical information. You should really read all of these as a visit would be half as interesting if you didn't. Kids can try on (fibreglass) Ned Kelly armour for photos which was fun.
  • Great look into our history. Spread over 3 levels, has good info in different rooms on inmates and stories. Not accessible for wheelchairs but you can get into the ground floor area. . It's worth while doing the tours for the prison.
  • Brilliant fantastic. We where checked in by a prison guard and went through the process of searchers and put into a cell with the lights turned out. Scary stuff if it was for real but very good fun.

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