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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Things to Know Before Visiting Old Melbourne Gaol
62.45% of people who visit Melbourne include Old Melbourne Gaol in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
47.18% of people start their Old Melbourne Gaol visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Old Melbourne Gaol
93.25% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Old Melbourne Gaol
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Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne Reviews
Interesting place. The tour provides some great information before they let you loose to explore. Make sure you get in early though so you have plenty of time to see everything. Hopefully I can get back there one day to check it all out properly!
We had a great time here. One of the best things we did in Melbourne. The watch house tour that was included was a bit of fun but being able to tour the prison was great. They had areas that included history information that we found interesting.
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.
Do you want to get "banged up", then join the tour at Old Melbourne Gaol. Old Melbourne Gaol just across the street from Russell Street Police Headquarters used to be the Remand Centre. So report in, join the line-up, get fingerprinted, tell them what you did spend some time in the cells and await your committal hearing. Hope it's not a week. Very authentic. Now visit the Gaol, checkout the cells, see where Ned Kelly was hung. There are also night tour options. This is a fascinating experience.
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!