Old Melbourne Gaol

Since 1845 until its closure in 1924 the Old Melbourne Gaol has held Melbourne's most dangerous criminals.

Step back in time to Melbourne’s most feared destination since 1845, Old Melbourne Gaol. Shrouded in secrets, wander the same cells and halls as some of history’s most notorious criminals, from Ned Kelly to Squizzy Taylor, and discover the stories that never left.


Day and night tours, kids activities throughout school holidays and a chance to explore to the infamous City Watch House, the Gaol remains Melbourne’s most spell-binding journey into its past. To receive free admission to the gaol, learn more about the benefits and become a National Trust member.


Night Tours

Join us on a chilling night tour, if you dare!

Hangman’s Night Tour

What dark and grisly stories will the hangman tell you? Join this exclusive guided tour through every corner of the Gaol with the master of the rope, and hear bone-strumming tales straight from the gallows, with no stone left unturned. Book the Hangman’s Night Tour, and stay brave.

This night tour is conducted in the dark and not recommended for children 16 years and under. Appropriate footwear is recommended.

Ghosts? What Ghosts?

This gaol is a grim place with a dark history. Stories of the unexplained have been gathered over the years from visitors and staff alike. None have been proven, yet. Join this chilling night time gaol tour — if you dare!

This night tour is conducted in the dark and includes confined spaces.  Appropriate footwear is recommended. This night tour is not recommended for children 12 years and under.


Place Details

Open 7 Days

From 10am to 5pm

FREE National Trust Members
$35 Adult
$30 Concession
$22 Child (5 - 15 years)
$85 Family (2A + 2C)
$65 1 Adult Family (1A + 2C)
$10 extra child

A Virtual Reality headset is available for mobility challenged visitors courtesy of the State Trustees Australia Foundation.

377 Russell St, Melbourne CBD
(between Victoria Street and La Trobe Street)

Wurundjeri Woiwurrung Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Victoria and recognise their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

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Old Melbourne Gaol


377 Russell Street, Melbourne CBD


Christmas Day & Good Friday

What we offer:

"Ah, I suppose!" - the last words of Ned Kelly as he stood on the gallows at the Old Melbourne Gaol, 11 November, 1880

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School Programs

The Gaol offers challenging and engaging programs for junior and senior secondary levels in humanities and legal studies. Four Court Room Dramas encourage students to analyze text and evidence. Gaol and Watch House tours offer introductions to Melbourne's colonial history and concepts in crime and punishment.


Night Tours

Brave the night and join a night tour at Australia's most feared destination. Our night tours include taking you to the place of real ghost sightings or a tour of the Gaol with the hangman.


Venue Hire

The Gaol can be transformed into an unexpected and unique setting for corporate events, weddings and private functions.


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