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Step back in time to Melbourne’s most feared destination since 1845, Old Melbourne Gaol.

Shrouded in secrets, wander the same cells and halls as some of history’s most notorious criminals, from Ned Kelly to Squizzy Taylor, and discover the stories that never left.

Hosting day and night tours, exclusive events and kids activities throughout school holidays and an immersive lock-up experience in the infamous City Watch House, the Gaol remains Melbourne’s most spell-binding journey into its past.

Adult $30.00
Child $17.00 (5-15yrs)
Family $70.00 (2 Adults and 2 Children)
Single Family $50.00 (1 Adult and 2 Children)

What's included

  • Access to the Gaol and the Police Watch house.


  • Allow approximately 90 minutes for the whole experience


  • 377 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia: The Gaol does not have on-site parking but there is paid street parking on La Trobe Street and several car parks close by including Melbourne Central and QV. The Gaol is a two-minute walk from Melbourne Central Station or via tram catch the free City Circle tram no.35 to stop 7 on the corner of La Trobe and Russell Streets.


  • Parents are advised the Gaol contains historical material that may be unsuitable for young children.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Open Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm (suggested last entry 3:30pm).

    Tickets cover entry to two buildings, the Gaol & the Police Watch-house.

    The Gaol is self-guided and access to the Watch House runs on a timetable throughout the day (these times vary and are not published). Please note visiting the watch-house at the specified time is the only way to see this building.

    National Trust members receive free general admission

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Alison O'brien from Australia wrote on 10 January 2021


My partner and I totally enjoyed the experience of looking around the jail. It was really good looking inside the cells. Reading some of the graffiti prisoners had wrote. Seeing how confined the cells were took me a bit by surprise . Only room for a mattress on the floor. And a stool and a toilet Walking into a padded room was an errie feeling of how the person in there must have been. They said at one point they would of had over 400 prisoners in there. It must have been very crowded. Great history of the building. Would strongly recommend the visit

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philip maynard from Australia wrote on 15 July 2021

Old Melbourne Gaol

We too our sin to see the Gaol for the first time and he loved it. The experience he got was terrific and he learned so much about some of our darker past and of course Ned Kelly. From the Gaol we walked to the National Library where we saw the original suit of armour worn by Kelly. Very enjoyable trip.

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Stav Kaimakamis from Australia wrote on 01 July 2021

Kids loved it paid for guided tour but it wasn’t

The kids loved it, it’s a little expensive for a couple of hours and we weren’t allowed to use the bathroom for a 5 year old it’s a little much to ask to wait outside for 15 min to use a toilet after a 1 hour drive. We were told at the end that the goal experience at the information desk as we leaving that you could down load an audio tour a google app This would have been something that could’ve been done while waiting outside too. I was disappointed with the fact I paid for a tour and didn’t get one, but the kids still had fun and that’s what counts Ned Kelly’s Armour isn’t held at the Goal anymore you need to go to the state library and the letter he wrote is there too. Just an FYI

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Andrea Andersen from Australia wrote on 06 May 2021

Old Melbourne Gaol

My teenager said she wished more guided tours and explanation in person would have been more engaging than audio.

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Susan Wulf from Australia wrote on 21 January 2021

Would have liked to spend more time there.

My tour was only for 90 minutes and I dont think that's enough time to go into every room and read all the info/stories they displayed in each cell. There is an audio guide that is only available to iPhone. Would have been good to have a guide or two coming around with stories to tell.

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