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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  • I recently booked us in for a ghost tour, a night in the watch house, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Th staff who were a part of our experience were wonderful, there was a theatrical element put on the sto...  more »
  • A visit to Old Melbourne Gaol is a visit back in time. It is like walking back to a totally different world. It is hard to imagine how anybody could have "lived" in there, but then again the "tenants"...  more »
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  • Most of the information you have to read. Which I couldn't be bothered reading all of it, but there was certainly some things worth making the effort ha. The watch house tour was great. I enjoyed the "police woman". She did a great job and made it fun! It was about $25 entry.
  • We really enjoyed visiting the Old Melbourne Gaol. For a small extra we joined a guided tour and the guide -Troy- was amazing. He is not only extremely knowledgeable, but also he was great with my 4 & 8 years old girls. There was also an interesting activity for the kids (and their parents) available in the end of the tour. The lady at the Watch house was hilarious. :-)
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