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Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • If you are ever in Melbourne, this attraction is really worth going to. It's easy to get to, walking distance from Melbourne's CBD and Lygon Street Carlton, where there are many great restaurants to e...  read more »
  • A truly fascinating place to visit. Plenty to learn about law and order in the early days of European settlement all the way through to ww2. 
  • Where else can you get yelled at, locked in a cold dark cell and see where Ned Kelly met his end. Really good trip for adults and children. 
  • Awesome historic place. Photography will be limited because the poor lighting inside but it's very Interesting and has tons of details could easily spend a few hours if you really are into primitive prison systems. Nice location somewhat available parking. Peak times could be difficult. Great place to visit with well behaved children.
  • 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.
  • Good place to spend half a day looking at the insides of a jailhouse! Wonderfuly preserved. Missed the night tour, but the regular day tours were very informative, and well paced.
  • Just went on the Night in the Watch House tour. It was outstanding. Had a fantastic night. Definitely not for the younger kids but 15/16 year old and up is good. Can certainly recommend for a great experience.
  • A great delve into the history of Melbourne crime. Conveniently located in the heart of Melbourne. If you're really keen, go for the nighttime ghost tour. Staff are knowledgeable and enjoy sharing the stories of the era. Well worth a visit for young and old.
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