Old Melbourne Gaol

Take a step back in time and walk in the footsteps of prisoners such as our most notorious bushranger Ned Kelly at Old Melbourne Gaol

Old Melbourne Gaol was established in 1841 and gives visitors an extraordinary insight into Melbourne’s criminal past long before‘Underbelly’. The jail was the setting for 135 hangings, most famously that of Ned Kelly in 1880 and serial killer Frederick Bailey Deeming in 1892. The gaol closed in 1924 and later became a museum in 1972.

There are a lot of things to see and do at the Old Melbourne Gaol. These include:

  • Self guided tours – take a guided tour through Old Melbourne Gaol and learn what it was like to be a prisoner in the 1800s, find out more about Ned Kelly’s life and the death masks of the executed criminals.
  • Watchhouse – This is a forty minute interactive experience where visitors are ‘arrested’ and encounter what it is like to be locked up. It is held very half hour from 10.30am.
  • Hangman Night Tours – Michael Gateley was Melbourne’s most infamous hangman.  Watch a re-enactment of his time at the prison with actors portraying the brutal executor and experience the prison by candlelight. Bookings are essential via Ticketek – Gaol Hangman’s Night Tour.
  • Ghostseekers at the Old Melbourne Gaol – Join the Ghost Seekers team and take a ghost tour of Melbourne’s most notorious prison. The gaol which was the place of executions, suicides and murders holds many secrets.  The tours are held every month and end at 3am in the morning if you dare to stay that long. Bookings are essential via Ticketek – Ghost Seekers Tour.
  • Such is life – This is a free live performance staged every Saturday at 12.30pm and 2.00pm. Learn about the life and legends of Ned Kelly, Old Melbourne Gaol’s most famous inmate who as aforementioned was executed in the gaol.

Located in the heart of Melbourne, ibis Styles Melbourne, The Victoria Hotel is your ideal Melbourne accommodation for your visit to Old Melbourne Gaol as well as offering easy access to all Melbourne attractions, restaurants, cafes and nightlife in the cosmopolitan city. Discover more by visiting the Old Melbourne Gaol website.