We are excited to announce that the padlocks are finally coming off! The Old Melbourne Gaol will re-open on Saturday 27 June, open daily from 10am to 5pm.

In response to COVID-19, the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) has introduced the following protocols to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of visitors, staff and volunteers to the Old Melbourne Gaol.

Conditions of Entry

– We ask you stay at home if you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms
– Must register your first name and phone number upon entry
– Please use cards for a contactless transactions
– Must maintain a distance of 1.5m from others and follow directional signage
– Please use sanitiser and handwashing facilities
– Be aware that capacity restrictions apply and we recommend pre-purchasing your tickets in advance
– Download the COVIDSafe App if able to do so

Facilities will also be closely maintained and monitored, including the ongoing revision of hygiene protocols and the increased cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces.

Timed-entry tickets required

To ensure a safe visitor experience, we’ve introduced timed entry to maintain a maximum capacity of 20 visitors per session. Tickets must be pre-booked online in advance. Book tickets here.


At this stage, night tours and performances will not be resuming until further notice.

Our team is looking forward to welcoming you back, the Gaol is not the same without inmates in the cell blocks – even the resident ghosts are wondering where everyone went.