Discover the stories of Melbourne's most notorious gangsters and criminals on this Pentridge Prison Ghost Tour of D Division. Visit the cells and hear the history of infamous inmates like Squizzy Taylor, Chopper Read and Ronald Ryan — the last man to be executed in Australia.

AUD $48pp

Pentridge Prison Ghost Tour, Melbourne (guided walk)
Runs: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Departs at: 7.30pm and 9.30pm (Saturday only)
Departs from: Pentridge Prison D Division, corner or Urquhart Street and Wardens Walk South, Coburg
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

An overnight stay at Pentridge Prison is available with this tour on selected dates. Please email [email protected] for more details.

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Featured guest review:

‘Our guide Ross was a fantastic storyteller and extremely entertaining as he guided us through D Division of Pentridge Prison. He had plenty of stories to share that revealed the extensive history of the prison.’ TassieFF

Tour highlights

  • Enjoy a delicious BBQ restaurant dinner before the tour (additional cost applies)
  • Hear ghostly tales about Pentridge Prison from your expert local guide
  • Walk in the footsteps of infamous inmates like Squizzy Taylor, Eddie Leonski and Chopper Read
  • Visit the former burial site of bushranger Ned Kelly
  • Relive the final moments of Ronald Ryan — the last man to be hanged in Australia
  • Maximum group size: 20.

What's included

  • Guided small group walking tour
  • Commentary from a knowledgeable and entertaining guide
  • Dinner (main course, dessert and coffee) and a non-alcoholic drink before the tour at Bluestone American BBQ (additional cost applies).

Pricing

Adults (tour only): AUD $48pp
Combo dinner and tour package (includes dinner and tour): AUD $87pp

This tour is not suitable for children. Minimum age: 16 years

What you can expect

On this Pentridge Prison Ghost Tour you’ll discover the fascinating history of this notorious Melbourne maximum security prison — which operated from 1851 to 1997. Visit the former prison after dark and explore infamous D Division — where prisoners on remand were housed. Several executions took place here.

For those who choose the combined dinner and tour option (highly recommended), your evening meal is booked for two hours prior to the start of the tour. Make your own way to Bluestone American BBQ, 470 Sydney Road, Coburg, and enjoy a main course, dessert, coffee and non-alcoholic drink. [More]

For your main course, you have a choice of:

  • The Pentridge Platter: Chicken chop, pulled pork, smoked cheddar sausage, tangy creole slaw, red peppers, BBQ street corn, and stone-ground grits
  • Burger with wedges or sweet potato chips.

Dinner is booked for 5.45pm for 7.30pm tours, and 7.30pm for 9.30pm tours. The prison is about ten minutes’ walk from the prison. You’ll need to make your own way to the tour meeting point (please arrive a few minutes early).

This Pentridge Prison Ghost Tour starts outside D Division, where you’ll meet your knowledgeable guide. Throughout the tour you’ll enjoy entertaining and informative commentary about Pentridge’s many infamous residents — in the very place where they served their time. In many cases, the prison was their final resting place.

You’ll hear the often gruesome escapades of inmates like Squizzy Taylor, Eddie Leonski and Chopper Read as you walk the echoing halls of this atmospheric heritage site. You’ll step back in time and feel the final moments of Ronald Ryan — the last man to be executed in Australia, and you’ll visit the onsite graves of some 44 prisoners whose lives of crime ended right here. You’ll also see where bushranger Ned Kelly was originally buried following his execution at Old Melbourne Gaol.

Walking through the former prison at night on this Pentridge Prison Ghost Tour is quite an experience (and is not suitable for children under the age of 16)! The tour provides an interesting history lesson, and a rare insight into what life would have been like behind these bars. It’s a super spooky but you’re guaranteed to get out alive, unlike the ghostly inmates trapped behind these high stone walls forever…

Please note: Pentridge Prison can be reached easily by tram or train from the Melbourne CBD. Take the No. 19 tram or an Upfield Line train to Coburg railway station. The journey should take around 40 minutes.

Guest reviews

  • TassieFF (2/10/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    Our guide Ross was a fantastic storyteller and extremely entertaining as he guided us through D Division of Pentridge Prison. He had plenty of stories to share that revealed the extensive history of the prison.

  • jenn_mc20 (29/1/2018) – Via TripAdvisor

    I have mixed feelings about the tour we took of Pentridge D Division. Although the tour was interesting, mainly due to the good storytelling of the male tour guide, I came away feeling like something was lacking. The tour is advertised as "very high" in paranormal activity. This activity was shown to us through a handful of photos and sighting stories. Although the guide was great, he did at times go on a bit too long with the stories and I could see people getting restless. At the end of the tour we were supposed to be given 10 or 15 minutes to explore on our own but this was more like 5 minutes and we were hustled out quickly.

  • Daniel A (22/5/2017) – Via TripAdvisor

    Attended the ghost tour of D Division at Pentridge Prison with my mother. We love this sort of stuff! Upon arrival the group (which on that particular night was pleasantly small) were given a good run- through on what we'd be experiencing throughout the evening. I loved how the history of the building and all the passed prisoners was tied in with ghost stories and accounts of sightings and paranormal activity, this really enhanced my understanding of the background of the building which made me feel even more excited to be there.Throughout the night, the tour guides were very professional and very friendly, it was very clear that they love what they do and their enthusiasm towards their job made the experience so much better!In terms of activity, the group could hear on several occasions footsteps and on one occasion a faint cry or whimper of a woman which was amazing- I really to be honest didn't expect to hear anything like that in there! During the final 15 minute free walk around (which was creepy in itself!) I was also lucky enough to capture a photo of what I make out to be a dark figure, which gives me all the more reason to return again for another tour in hopes to experience more activity.

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent to your email address, including tour departure details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed tour meeting point and departure time.

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Dinner is booked for two hours prior to the tour for those that choose the combined dinner and tour option. Participants must make their own way to Bluestone American BBQ, 470 Sydney Road, Coburg, and from there to the tour meeting point at Pentridge Prison D Division, corner Urquhart Street and Wardens Walk South, Coburg.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.