Former City Watch House at Old Melbourne Gaol

  6 reviews  – 
377 Russell Street, Melbourne, 3000
Melbourne Central Station (250 m)

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About this space

The Former City Watch House operated as Melbourne’s central custody centre or ‘holding place’ for people arrested and awaiting trial. For almost a century, every person arrested in Melbourne was lodged in the City Watch House opposite the Russell Street Police Station.

Today the cell block reverberates with the sounds of tourists walking where some of Australia’s most infamous prisoners were once held. The precinct includes Melbourne’s oldest prison, the historic Magistrate’s Court and former Police City Watch House and has been the heart of crime, law and order in Melbourne since the 1840’s. Bushranger Ned Kelly and notorious gangster Squizzy Taylor have spent time within its walls.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be arrested? The Watch House Experience is a 40 minute interactive experience like no other. With a Charge Sergeant as guide, visitors are ‘arrested’ and encounter what it is like to be locked up. Nothing has changed in this minimalist site since the police and inmates left in the 1990’s. After the role play, visitors self guide through the watch house taking in sound points and multimedia imagery that is educational and informative.

We also host virtual dinner including interactive cooking demonstrations and wine masterclasses, complete with virtual activities and entertainment. We manage your registrations, meeting platforms and breakouts so you don't have to do anything and we will also arrange for catering and gifts to be delivered direct to homes and offices in time for the event. To ensure everything runs smoothly, we have an onsite studio available for broadcasting the event to your attendees on the day.


Prices

Sunday
6:30 pm – 1:00 am
from $500 hire fee + per person
Per evening
6:30 pm – 1:00 am
from $500 + $55 hire fee + per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 1:00 am. All prices include GST.
Coctail option 1: Limited menu- $69pp
Coctail option 2: Classic menu- $68pp
Coctail option 3: Classic menu- $79pp

Please contact us for detailed information on more options and prices.
Monday
6:30 pm – 1:00 am
from $500 hire fee + per person
Per evening
6:30 pm – 1:00 am
from $500 + $55 hire fee + per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 1:00 am. All prices include GST.
Coctail option 1: Limited menu- $69pp
Coctail option 2: Classic menu- $68pp
Coctail option 3: Classic menu- $79pp

Please contact us for detailed information on more options and prices.
Tuesday
6:30 pm – 1:00 am
from $500 hire fee + per person
Per evening
6:30 pm – 1:00 am
from $500 + $55 hire fee + per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 1:00 am. All prices include GST.
Coctail option 1: Limited menu- $69pp
Coctail option 2: Classic menu- $68pp
Coctail option 3: Classic menu- $79pp

Please contact us for detailed information on more options and prices.
Wednesday
6:30 pm – 1:00 am
from $500 hire fee + per person
Per evening
6:30 pm – 1:00 am
from $500 + $55 hire fee + per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 1:00 am. All prices include GST.
Coctail option 1: Limited menu- $69pp
Coctail option 2: Classic menu- $68pp
Coctail option 3: Classic menu- $79pp

Please contact us for detailed information on more options and prices.
Thursday
6:30 pm – 1:00 am
from $500 hire fee + per person
Per evening
6:30 pm – 1:00 am
from $500 + $55 hire fee + per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 1:00 am. All prices include GST.
Coctail option 1: Limited menu- $69pp
Coctail option 2: Classic menu- $68pp
Coctail option 3: Classic menu- $79pp

Please contact us for detailed information on more options and prices.
Friday
6:30 pm – 1:00 am
from $500 hire fee + per person
Per evening
6:30 pm – 1:00 am
from $500 + $55 hire fee + per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 1:00 am. All prices include GST.
Coctail option 1: Limited menu- $69pp
Coctail option 2: Classic menu- $68pp
Coctail option 3: Classic menu- $79pp

Please contact us for detailed information on more options and prices.
Saturday
6:30 pm – 1:00 am
from $500 hire fee + per person
Per evening
6:30 pm – 1:00 am
from $500 + $55 hire fee + per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 1:00 am. All prices include GST.
Coctail option 1: Limited menu- $69pp
Coctail option 2: Classic menu- $68pp
Coctail option 3: Classic menu- $79pp

Please contact us for detailed information on more options and prices.

Capacity

Standing
up to 350
Dining
up to 80

Catering and drinks

In-house catering
External catering not allowed
Venue provides alcohol
BYO alcohol not allowed

Facilities

Natural light
Wi-Fi
Projector
Flatscreen TV
Whiteboard
Flipchart
Conference call facilities
Air conditioning
Storage space
Accommodation available
Parking available

Music & sound equipment

Own music allowed
Bring your own DJ
PA system / music speakers available

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible

Rules of the space

Allowed events

Promoted / ticketed events
Loud music / events
Wedding licence
Temporary event notices (TENs) available

Age policy

Guests under 18 are not allowed


The Gaol is a sensational venue for your next event, function or wedding. It is centrally located, can host large numbers and can cater for a variety of corporate and private functions.

We can provide great entertainment value with a host of interesting characters to enliven your evening, from authentic historical characters such as Ned Kelly and Gaol Governors to roaming Police Sergeants.

One of Australia’s most fascinating tourist attractions can be transformed through lighting into an unexpected and unique setting in the heart of Melbourne.


Other spaces and event packages at this venue

from $55
per person / per evening
from $55
per person / per session

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