Former City Watch House at Old Melbourne Gaol

Russell Street, 377, Melbourne, 3000 Show map
Melbourne Central Station (300 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.


Capacity

Standing
up to 350
Dining
up to 80

Prices

Sunday
18:30 – 1:00
from $3000 hire fee + per person
Per evening
18:30 – 1:00
from $3000 + $55 hire fee + per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 01:00. All prices include GST.
Monday
18:30 – 1:00
from $3000 hire fee + per person
Per evening
18:30 – 1:00
from $3000 + $55 hire fee + per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 01:00. All prices include GST.
Tuesday
18:30 – 1:00
from $3000 hire fee + per person
Per evening
18:30 – 1:00
from $3000 + $55 hire fee + per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 01:00. All prices include GST.
Wednesday
18:30 – 1:00
from $3000 hire fee + per person
Per evening
18:30 – 1:00
from $3000 + $55 hire fee + per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 01:00. All prices include GST.
Thursday
18:30 – 1:00
from $3000 hire fee + per person
Per evening
18:30 – 1:00
from $3000 + $55 hire fee + per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 01:00. All prices include GST.
Friday
18:30 – 1:00
from $3000 hire fee + per person
Per evening
18:30 – 1:00
from $3000 + $55 hire fee + per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 01:00. All prices include GST.
Saturday
18:30 – 1:00
from $3000 hire fee + per person
Per evening
18:30 – 1:00
from $3000 + $55 hire fee + per person
Note: Alcohol licence until 01:00. All prices include GST.

Catering and drinks

In-house catering
External catering 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

Allowed events

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

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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