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  • Enter the oldest surviving penal establishment
  • Encounter the spine tingling gaol gallows
  • Experience being arrested & locked in the City Watch House
  • View the infamous Ned Kelly’s death mask and revolver
  • Learn about people that lived & died here from 1842 - 1929
  • See over 300 items; handcuffs, leg-irons, cell door padlocks & lashing collars

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Old Melbourne Gaol General Admission

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Wander the halls of the Old Melbourne Gaol, City Watch House and Gallows to get a sense of what life was like for the prisoners who lived and died here. Built in the mid-1800’s, the prison acted as a home to some of Australia’s most dangerous and infamous criminals including famous bushranger, Ned Kelly until 1929.

Explore a dark piece of Australia's history with a self-guided tour of the prison. Step inside the small, eery cells and get "arrested and processed" by a Charge Sergeant (tour guide) on an interactive City Watch House experience included in all general admission tickets. Old Melbourne Gaol is a fascinating reminder of Australia's penal history and a must visit on your next visit to Melbourne.


  • Due to COVID capacity restrictions apply


  • Entry into the Old Melbourne Gaol for a self guided tour
  • Guided access to The City Watch House
  • Access to the Old Magistrates Court (during Victorian school holidays only)
  • Audio tour


  • Transfers to and from accommodation
  • Special school holiday events & activities


  • Get a first-hand experience of what it was like for people who lived and died at the Gaol between 1842 and 1929
  • Enjoy self guided access to the Old Melbourne Gaol & guided access to the City Watch House
  • Head into the City Watch House and experience what it is like to be arrested
  • Discover the infamous Ned Kelly's death mask, revolver, body bag & noose
  • Come across the spine tingling original Gaol gallows
  • Encounter the Old Melbourne Gaol collection which is home to over 300 items including; handcuffs, leg-irons, cell door padlocks, lashing collars, leather belts & contraband weapons

Operating Hours

  • 10am-6pm Wednesday-Sunday
  • Last entry is at 4:15pm
  • Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday


  • Approximately 1.5 hours


  • 377 Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Additional Information

  • Tickets are valid for 6 months from date of purchase
  • Additional child tickets are only valid when purchased in conjunction with a family ticket
  • Access to the Watch House runs on a timetable throughout the day, these times vary day to day and are not published. The Gaol component of the tour is self guided
  • Tickets are strictly non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Parental discretion is advised as the Gaol contains historic material that may be unsuitable for young children

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
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David Pannell 2 years ago
Excellent experience. Full of interesting facts. The kids loved the watch house, the lady sergeant was particularly good, especially with the younger children. Would recommend to anyone. Well worth the entrance fee. Experience Oz much cheaper than any other sites.
Changed a bit but still enjoyable for a couple hours.
Rebekkah Rhys-Davies 3 months ago

My son and I really enjoyed the Cluedo experience which gave a little more excitement to the place for him. The staff were amazing and a huge thank you to a guide who heard our cries of help when my 5-year-old closed a cell door and couldn't get it open so he saved us. They should add a bit more to the fact it's not exactly disability friendly as my mum was on a cane and really couldn't get past the first floor so missed a bit. Still a good place for learning history though.

Excellent experience
David Pannell 2 years ago

Excellent experience. Full of interesting facts. The kids loved the watch house, the lady sergeant was particularly good, especially with the younger children. Would recommend to anyone. Well worth the entrance fee. Experience Oz much cheaper than any other sites.

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