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Old Melbourne Gaol

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Melbourne Gaol
Photograph: Time Out

Time Out says

Learn all that was grim and terrifying about the historical Old Melbourne Gaol

This historical building stands as a monument to the cruelty of capital punishment. The Crime & Justice Experience is the jail's permanent exhibit. Explore the gaol, experience a modern-day arrest procedure at the City Watch House, and stand in the dock of the Old Magistrate's Court.

Various nights - Ghost Tours:
133 people were hanged at the Old Melbourne Gaol – including, of course, the one and only Ned Kelly – so it’s probably fair to assume that at least some of them have stayed around to scare the bejeezus out of the unwitting and foolhardy who choose to look for them. The good folk at the Old Melbourne Gaol regularly host  one hour tours and investigations of this most haunted of Melbourne buildings, taking people through the dark and winding tunnels and cells of a place whose bloody history stands alone in Melbourne’s annals. Or if you’re not so paranormally inclined, you can embark on one of the Hangman’s Night Tours, which brings together history and theatre as an executioner walks you through the halls of the place where his noose was feared above all else.


377 Russell St
Opening hours:
Mon-Sun 9.30am-5pm
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