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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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  • My husband, aunt, cousins and I did the Ghost What Ghost Tour... was rather disappointed as most of the time we stood around looking at photos on the tour guides notebook and listening to his experien...  more »
  • Don't waste your money unless interested in going into every cell (all identical) to read about murderers or rapists! Only a small section of the prison remains. We didn't go into the watch tower as w...  more »
  • loved the scary interrogation from the secretary at Watch House . Great tour guide , great for kids too really interesting, amazing place  more »
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  • Fantastic. Took part in the remand centre experience before going into the old jail. The staff were superb and the reality was biting, especially as the place was still in use to the 90s. From there you use the search ticket to enter the old Melbourne jail. After the earlier experience you really get a feel for things. You can see the hangman's beam where the noose would go and see the trapdoor that many people dropped through to there death. Kids seem not to be effected by this and other gruesome things that are in the jail. Costumes very reasonable if you consider the hole package. Being a pensioner it was not hard on the pocket and souvenirs were not expensive either.
  • So much history here. Tour unnecessary, you can go around on your own and still have a great experience. Highly recommend visiting the old remand centre as well!
  • We visited Old Melbourne Goal today with our 8 year old son. Usually at museums there is too much reading required to keep him interested and so we decided to take a guided tour. It was FANTASTIC and great value for all of us. The guide was so knowledgeable and was a great orator. Just the perfect combination of fact and humour presented in an engaging and delightful way. I highly recommend spending a few dollars for the guided tour.
  • Great historic location where Ned Kelly was hanged. Ticket price allows you to walk freely around the gaol. You will find a wealth of information about the gaol and the convicts it housed in each cell, as well as relics and death masks. Also included with ticket is the watch house experience in which you experience being arrested and placed in the watch house! If you expect to see everything allow at least a half day to visit this location.
  • Great tourist destination. This historic site offers a great deal of information to discover on your own and you can easily spend longer than the recommended 1.5 hours reading up on the prisoners stories. Located in the heart of the CBD, it's a must for anyone interested in local or national history.