Old Melbourne Gaol

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377 Russell Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000


Evoke emotions, stir the senses.


Built in 1839 and then restored as a tourist destination in 1972, the Old Melbourne Gaol recently won the National Tourism Award for Best Cultural and Historical site. Events have been held in the Gaol, Former City Watch House and Old Magistrates for the past 10 years, and today it is one of the most sought after event spaces in Melbourne.


The walls are lined with historic references and cultural artefacts making the venue a popular museum for local, interstate and overseas guests. Events are conducted with a catalogue of tours, performers and themes.

 The Former City Watch House has remained in its original state since operations ceased in 1994. The extremely popular ‘Watch House Experience’ provides an educational and entertaining beginning to any event.  Besides your typical cocktail or dinner event, The Old Melbourne Gaol has been a stage for many weddings, launches, conferences, music productions and major filming.




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Venue Capacities

Notes Relating to Accommodation:

Close to many accomodation providers

Minimum Capacity 10Cocktail party - 3 hours food & beverage$POA
Maximum Capacity 350Lunch or Dinner - 4 hours food and beverage$POA
Maximum Standing 350Conference - Day package$POA
Maximum Table Seating 130ACCOMMODATIONFROM
Maximum Theatre xPer Room$

ROOMCocktail Cocktail with Dance Floor Banquet Banquet with Dance Floor Theatre Theatre with Dance Floor Classroom U-Shape Style Boardroom Style Area (M2) Ceiling Height (M)
Old Melbourne Gaol  100-350  100-350  50-130  50-130              

Event Suitability

Conference:  yes
Corporate:  yes
Social:  yes
Wedding Receptions:  yes
Wedding Ceremonies:  yes
Training Events:  yes
Sporting Club Events:  
21st Birthdays:  
Deb Balls and School Formals:  yes
After Parties:  yes
Underage Events:  
18th Birthdays:  
Religious Events:  yes
Dinner Dances:  yes
Exhibition/Product Launch:  yes
Concerts:  yes
Hens & Bucks Nights:  

Food & Beverages

Catered:  yes
Allow External Catering:  
Licensed:  yes
Allow External Beverages:  
Licensed Hours:  

Other Requirements

AV - Sound Lighting, Staging Etc.:  yes
Outdoor Facilities:  yes
Disabled Access and Facilities:  
Public Transport Nearby:  yes

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