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Tickets for Old Melbourne Gaol

Go inside Victoria's spooky former prison and experience life behind bars

Flexible ticket: cancellable up to 24 hours before visit date
Instant ticket delivery
Wheelchair accessible: Partially accessible
Live guide: English
Smartphone tickets accepted
COVID-19 update
Due to the developments in the COVID-19 outbreak, we have extended our cancellation policy.



  • Take a self-guided tour of the Old Melbourne Gaol and immerse yourself in the history of the institution
  • Hero or hell raiser? Explore the life and crimes of notorious inmate Ned Kelly and make up your own mind
  • Take on the Watch House experience and discover first-hand how past criminals were processed and locked up – it’s not for the faint of heart!


Back in the 19th century, Old Melbourne Gaol was the place Australian criminals feared most. With its cramped cells, cold walls, and generally undesirable residents, the famous Australian jail was not where you wanted to end up.

Follow in the footsteps of notorious gunslinger Ned Kelly – executed at the prison in 1880 – and discover the chilling stories of inmates past, tragic miscarriages of justice, and Melbourne's early colonial history.

Insider tip

If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to be arrested and thrown in a cell, now you can – without breaking any laws. Try the 40-minute Watch House experience to get a feel for life behind bars with a straight-talking corrections officer to make you feel at home.



What's included

Access to the Gaol
The Watch House Experience (English only)

What's not included

Audio guide in English & Chinese (available on-site for an extra fee)
Additional info

The Gaol is partially wheelchair accessible. It is over 3 levels and due to the building's heritage status does not have lifts or ramps. Around 80% of the museum information is on the ground floor, and is displayed on the walls and in cells. Please note the cell doors are very narrow and may not be wide enough for some chairs. Please ask about the Virtual Reality goggles which enable you to experience the other levels.

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date
  • Changes may be possible for this ticket


Opening hours

Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
Sunday 09:30 - 17:00
Monday 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00

How to get there

Old Melbourne Gaol
377 Russell St, 3000, Melbourne
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Ratings & reviews

8 Reviews
Jan 17, 2020
Really interesting. Highlight was the watchmans tower experience
Jan 5, 2020
Nov 4, 2019
Worth it.

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