Old Melbourne GaolCurrently Closed
- Address: 377 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +61-386637228
- Ticket Price: 25 AUD
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: History Museum, Historical Site, Memorial, Family And Kids, Specialty Museum
Old Melbourne Gaol - Review
This attraction is for those with a fascination for the morbid. Many of Australia’s most notorious criminals were executed here for a total of 133. This included killers who had become famous worldwide for the severity of their crimes, such as the serial killer Frederick Bailey Deming. It’s function as a prison was phased out after a while and it was used as a part of an educational institution in state. During WWII, it was again used as a prison for soldiers who went AWOL. At the moment, the old gaol functions as quite the popular museum, attracting over 130000 visitors every year.Most come because they’ve heard rumours that the goal is haunted by those who died here. Indeed, the museum displays the various memorabilia of its famous inmates, so who to say that the spirits haven’t been thusly anchored to this mortal plane.
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Old Melbourne Gaol Information
- Get the tour guide for lots of interesting stories and information.
- Not for those with a weak constitution.
Old Melbourne Gaol Ticket Prices
- Concession: 20 Australian Dollars
- Child (5 to 15 years): 13.50 Australian Dollars
- Family (2 adults + 2 children): 55 Australian Dollars
How To reach Old Melbourne Gaol by Public Transport
- Trams on Victoria Street
- City circle no 35 to stop no 7, train to Melbourne Central Station
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95% of people who visit Melbourne include Old Melbourne Gaol in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
44.1% of people start their Old Melbourne Gaol visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Old Melbourne Gaol
78.57% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Old Melbourne Gaol
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Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne Reviews
We enjoyed a half day at the gaol. We paid extra $5 per person for a guided group tour that was worth doing, especially when you are lazy to read stuffs. Watch house experience is highly recommended for school kids. The play, SUCH IS LIFE, about Ned Kelly was also enjoyable. Three from audience get to participate to the play and one boy was really excited to be picked and he was fully engaged. They offer these program regularly and scheduled it one after the other so you don't need to wait at all.
Old Melbourne Gaol is a great place to learn history and take part in the Police quarters walk through. Wheelchairs will only be able to access the bottom floor in the main building. Families with older children would be preferable as the building has darker lighting. I went with a group of adults and we spent a couple of hours wondering through the three levels. Highly recommend!
This was definitely an experience I think everyone who's visiting Melbourne should go for. They simulate the experience of the inmates by having a little role play session. The guide is very knowledgeable and gave us details & told us stories from the past when the jail was still operating. There is also a 2 storey exhibit on inmates and their stories which I found very interesting. Could easily spend 2 - 3 hours here.
Watchhouse experience was surprisingly poor, not informative or detailed. Had to look around for yourself, no information on cells or yards and "sergeant" always off drinking tea??? Old courthouse was brilliant. Tom was brilliant as a tour guide and listening to the detailed brief of how the court number 1 was run was exceptional. The museum was good. Lots of information located in cells to give a brief feel of how it would have felt to be locked inside
Fun activities for kids just did "Escape the Gaol" with my 6yo nephew and had a ball deciphering clues and puzzles together. The watch house tour was a lot of fun, we were arrested, searched and locked in a cell! Great day out if you're stuck for something to do over the school holidays.