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Old Melbourne Gaol

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377 Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Availability – After 5pm daily


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Completed in the mid 1800’s and located in the Melbourne CBD, opposite the State Library Victoria, the Old Melbourne Gaol is constructed in historic bluestone. The space contains it’s original cells across three levels, with high ceilings and museum features lining the walls. These cells held some of Australia’s most notorious criminals, including the infamous bush ranger Ned Kelly.

One of Australia’s most fascinating and unique spaces, the Gaol requires very little to create an event space that wows guests. The Gaol boasts a capacity for up to 120 guests for a banquet dinner running down the length of the ground floor, or 350 for a cocktail reception. Our clients have the option of an additional unique experience including Ghost Tours, Lock-ups and more. The Old Melbourne Gaol always leaves guests talking.





  • A fascinating and unique space

  • Rawness of the bluestone building

  • Former City Watch House and Old Magistrates Court available

  • Interactive shows and tours allow guests to engage with authentic historic figures such as Ned Kelly, Gaol Governors and roaming Police Sergeants.

  • Heritage interior features

  • A charming blank shell with plenty of styling opportunities

  • White or black table linen, napkins and LED table candles included in packages*

  • CBD location

  • Parking and transport close by


    The Showtime team just delivers! The venue looks amazing and the team really knows how to host an unforgettable event. Our company event won’t be a success without the entire team at Showtime backing us. Thank you!

    Mainmark Ground Engineering


Melbourne CBD

The Old Melbourne Gaol site is an events precinct unlike any other. Located in the heart of Melbourne this historic location offers a range of unique event options, from intimate dinner parties, to lavish cocktail galas. While offering exclusive activity experiences throughout.

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