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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  • We found the old city jail to be very interesting. There are three levels of cells, and most cells contain a story about a former inmate or the living conditions in the jail (which were horrible... 
    We found the old city jail to be very interesting. There are three levels of cells, and most cells contain a story about a former inmate or the living conditions in the jail (which were horrible...  more »
  • Did the Ghost Night Tour which was informative, interesting and fun, nothing spooky happened for us but we still enjoyed ourselves 
    Did the Ghost Night Tour which was informative, interesting and fun, nothing spooky happened for us but we still enjoyed ourselves  more »
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  • Highly recommend visiting this place and doing the Watch house experience too. There was no wait to enter for us, 2 people. Basic entry to the gaol is $20 pp for adults, with the watch house guided tour it is $30 pp. You can't access the watch house by yourself, I think the 30 min guided tour on top of exploring the gaol yourself was worth it as it was quite different to what you saw in the gaol. It was very interesting to see how everything was operated, sometimes it was quite eery seeing some death masks and ropes that people have been hung with. There's a lot of information about Ned Kelly too. The gaol has 3 levels, you are able to go into cells on all floors with a lot of displayed objects and information plaques in most of them. What caught my eye the most was all the word/sentences carved into the doors and walls by the inmates including German war prisoners. Very interesting place and a heritage protected building, so be respectful.
  • We liked our visit to Melbourne Gaol. We spent an hour doing a self guided tour. The information in the cells is very interesting and informative. It was a great experience but it was ruined by the loud music next door. It was very annoying and distracting. We would have done the watchtower tour but the music put us off doing it.

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