At Old Melbourne Gaol, see how Australia handled its most notorious criminals many years ago. Built in 1839, the prison housed and executed famous criminals such as Ned Kelly and serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming. Today, you can tour the prison's three levels. Visit cells, see the execution area, take a spooky night tour, or participate in a reenactment of a trial. Above all, learn about crime and punishment during Australia's wild past. Before you visit Melbourne, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
Tours To Old Melbourne Gaol
Melbourne Complete Walking Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $33
Duration: 3 hours
Old Melbourne Gaol: Admission Tickets BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $19
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Melbourne Laneway Discovery Running Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $53
Duration: 2 hours
Old Melbourne Gaol Reviews
When the world had closed sown due to covid19 it was great to find Melbourne Gaol open. The staff were knowledgeable & wanting to share some of the gruesome stories. The goal is a great buulding in... more »
Spent a few hours here absorbed in the history of the place and the inmates. The goal has served a number of purposes in its history and all is explained as you wander through the cells. Could do... more »
Not gonna lie, I kinda got dragged into this adventure but it turned out to be amazing. They get all 5 stars for how the tour is out on. It’s truly fascinating and on the guided parts, the guides are tremendous. You get an up close and personal look into the lives of those that stayed there and were executed there. Very informative and hands on. The Sheriffs have done an outstanding job of saving actual items important to its history and allowing you a peek into what it was like. Tip: look up Ned Kelly before you go, and learn about the most famous outlaw to be held on site.
The Old Melbourne Gaol is to be seen and visited. Great for everyone. You can also bring your picnic and have lunch in its massive courtyard (which we did). One of our kids really enjoyed ‘Escape the Gaol’ scavenger hunt (it’s free and children will get a small prize at the end – it’s part of the general admission ticket). We all went through the guided Watch House Experience. It is to be done. Do not miss it. They have multiple time slots throughout the day. I think this is the best part of the visit. All the kids loved this tour, even the 4 year old. He needed reassurance but he loved it (read further for more explanation). Great lovely acting from our Sergeant. Some great stories to listen to and many pictures to be taken of too. This is not scary at all. The sergeant is maybe scary at times (loud voice only) but she was harmless. One kid left crying at the start of the visit…..which is not uncommon as she stated. I can reassure you, the Sergeant only uses a loud voice. She was harmless. The performance in the Gaol itself was great too. It tells the story of Ned Kelly. Don’t worry if you cannot read everything in the Gaol about him, you can catch up with the performance. Get there early to get a good seated spot unless you don’t mind standing. During your self-guided tour you will discover many information about former inmates if this is of your interest. They also offer $5 guided tour if I’m correct. Great visit to do if you haven’t done it yet or if you are just visiting Melbourne. Plus the Melbourne museum is not far away either. Enjoy and don’t forget “Yes Sergeant” if you want to make it out of the Watch House ;-)
Places to stay near Old Melbourne Gaol
Plan your trip to Melbourne
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
See all ›
Hidden gems in Melbourne
See all ›
Parks in Melbourne
Nearby attractions in Melbourne
Duration:3 h 30 min
Duration:1 h 30 min
Plans to Old Melbourne Gaol by other users
46 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 58 days in Australia BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS September, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Australia BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 32 days in Australia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 57 days in Australia BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS September, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium