Melbourne's made a bit of a habit out of turning its historic prisons into public spaces. You might have been to the Old Melbourne Gaol on a historic tour or to see installations during White Night, and you might even have been to the former HM Prison Pentridge in Coburg for a good spookin'. Pentridge is once again hosting tours of the historic prison on Wednesday, November 8. You can book tickets online – they often sell out fast, so make sure you get in ASAP.
The 75-minute guided tour will take you into the different sections of the prison, and you'll learn about how the place was run, how prisoners were treated and its famous past tenants including Ned Kelly, Chopper Read, and Squizzy Taylor. You'll also learn what developers have in store for the prison, which has been closed since 1997.