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 historic gaol has seen many prisoners come and go, among them Ned Kelly, Australia's most notorious outlaw. Ned Kelly was sentenced to death and hanged here, you can see the gallows where he... 
    This historic gaol has seen many prisoners come and go, among them Ned Kelly, Australia's most notorious outlaw. Ned Kelly was sentenced to death and hanged here, you can see the gallows where he...  more »
  • We also went to the watch house which was excellent. Laughed our heads off. The staff member who talked and showed us around was excellent and funny. 
    We also went to the watch house which was excellent. Laughed our heads off. The staff member who talked and showed us around was excellent and funny.  more »
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  • Amazing experience! Kids loved it (7 & 8 years old). Ned Kelly's death mask - what more can I say. Next time we visit, I would download the app for a walking tour to listen to as you can explore solo (no need for group tour). A must visit in Melbourne!
  • Loved each visit. Never fails to disappoint. The Staff are Friendly, Knowledgeable & Add to the whole experience. 10/10 every time. Old Melbourne Gaol is a go to especially for anyone who loves History/Australian History. HIGHLY RECOMMEND the events for the full experience.

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