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A Night at the Watch House

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Old Melbourne Gaol Night Tours

Come along and experience for yourself a night at the watch house.

Home to Melbourne's oldest prison, historic Magistrate's Court and former Police City Watch House, Russell Street has been the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840's.

Be immersed in the criminal world that was the Melbourne City Watch House, as you participate in an experience set in the original cell block inhabited by the likes of Squizzy Taylor, Chopper Reid and various other unsavoury characters. Step back in time and walk the road to the gallows in a 19th century prison.

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Old Melbourne Gaol invites you to experience the Gaol by candlelight.

Over many years, staff and visitors have experienced an unexplainable presence in the Gaol. Do ghosts still roam the cells? Discover for yourself with the 'Ghost, what Ghosts?' night tour.

What stories would a hangman tell you if he was guiding you around the Gaol, where he was the master of the rope? Find out on the 'Hangman's Night Tour'.

The tours run for a total of an hour and a half, including 45 minutes to one hour with the guide, and then you can explore the Gaol, with the lights on for 30 to 45 minutes.

Tours are not recommended for children under the age of 12 and bookings are required.

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