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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  • A fascinating experience. To be able to see and experience the life of a prisoner is definitely worth a visit to the gaol. The cells were accessible to the public and it was interesting to read about ...  more »
  • Great place to see how poorly we treated people in the last century (yeah I mean the 20th C)... Lots of colonial history to. The watch house experience was good fun for us, but must have been hell for...  more »
  • Interesting energies in this place. Feel the emotions of long passed prisoners. How cruel we were to people.  more »
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  • Absolutely fantastic. Thoroughly enjoyed, excellent value for money and extremely informative. Staff were so knowledgeable and friendly. We went through the gaol and did the watch house experience, had our ten year old son with us and he loved it too. Allow two hours all up for watch house and gaol, plenty to read and learn about. Big thumbs up.
  • The facilities are kept in really good condition, the place is full of history and the staff explains everything being really into their roles when you take the experience tours. Very punctual and well organized and Trevor in Ghosts What Ghosts tour was amazing! He just hooked you with the way of telling the stories and his knowledge* Great experience!!!
  • Old Melbourne can be found here. Also stories about Need Kelly and other convicts were fascinating. It was a blast for me cos I love crime novels.
  • Went here for the first time with a friend who was visiting from the UK. It was great fun! Good way to spend half a day or so.
  • a cool piece of australian history. this is also where ned kelly was jailed and executed. recommend paying the little bit more to take the guided tour as it's very informative. the ticket also includes the watch house a short walking distance down the road.

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The hub of tourist and commercial activity, the center of Melbourne remains the best place to stay if you're looking to splurge and enjoy every possible modern amenity during your visit. Travelers on a limited budget can search for cozy yet less expensive rooms in the seaside suburb of St Kilda or the bohemian neighborhood of Fitzroy. Though the city center offers more than a fair share of mid-range lodging options, you'll also find plenty of rooms in this price bracket in the quieter suburbs.
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