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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  • This is the second time visiting the Gaol. First time we night the night ghost tour which is an absolute must do. This time we did it by ourselves in the day totally different experience but still... 
    This is the second time visiting the Gaol. First time we night the night ghost tour which is an absolute must do. This time we did it by ourselves in the day totally different experience but still...  more »
  • A great experience. We loved the displays in each cell - information about the crimes and circumstances of some old crims, accompanied by their death masks. It was both poignant and scary. The dim... 
    A great experience. We loved the displays in each cell - information about the crimes and circumstances of some old crims, accompanied by their death masks. It was both poignant and scary. The dim...  more »
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  • If you want immerse yourself in part of Australia’s history then I would highly recommend visiting Old Melbourne Gaol. It is a place that sends shivers down your spine, inspires awe and dread and you can feel the history, you can hear the past occupants and I don’t know about you but I got the feeling of many eyes watching me as I read about the history on plaques on the walls of the cells. It’s a harrowing and yet great experience.
  • Very interesting to say the least! It felt eerie from the first moment we walked in, seeing the death masks and real stories of inmates who inhabited the cells made the experience one to remember.

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