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Hobart Convict Penitentiary

6 Brisbane St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
+61 3 6231 0911
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Hear incredible tales of crime and punishment as you are led through the courts and tunnels to the chapel, cells and gallows of this internationally-significant convict site, owned and operated by the National Trust. Join us for Guided Day Tours running up to 4 times daily on weekdays and 2 times on weekends, with Pandemonium Friday and Saturday evenings at 5:30pm. Bookings recommended for Day Tours and essential for Pandemonium. Please note that access to the site is by Guided Tour Only and our doors open 15 minutes prior to the first tour.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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6 Brisbane St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
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"solitary confinement cells"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our tour of ‘The Tench’ was spectacular! Our guide, Jeff, was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about sharing as much detail as possible about the old gaol. It’s a fascinating place with amazing stories of convict history brought to life. If you have an interest in...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wasn't sure if i would like it as i just went along for my husbands sake but i thoroughly enjoyed it. Jeff was the guide and very informative. Tour was 1.5hrs long and well worth it. Situated within the city we could walk there from...More

1  Thank kate s
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Reviewed 4 days ago

At first I was the only person but two others came along just as we got started. Michelle guided us through a brief history of the gaol and then led us around and through the grounds, telling us the history along the way. From learning...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I would recommend this tour to everyone visiting Hobart. Just seeing how the convicts were housed until being sent to their work location was amazing. The solidarity confinement space was so small it gave me goosebumps. Yes there is gallows and their history, so just...More

1  Thank Annette L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I joined one of the 90 minute tours of ‘The Tench’ to discover a little more of the history of the city we live in. The tour didn’t disappoint and we came away with heaps of information. Would highly recommend for both...More

1  Thank Ant971
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family enjoyed the 90 minute tour of the convict penitentiary in Hobart. We learnt many interesting facts from our enthusiastic tour guide Judy who communicated information by allowing us to become characters from the past. Our son particularly liked being a judge sentencing prisoners...More

1  Thank David B
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Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

We attended a 1pm tour on 8th July 2018. Our tour guide was a volunteer and knew a great deal about not only the site, but also the history of Hobart. The tour was approximately an hour, and was included in the entry fee. It...More

3  Thank Sam G
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Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Well worth the effort. Our guide Julianne was helpful engaging and insightful that kept our interest throughout the 90 minute tour. For a couple of people like us who don’t do allot of historically significant activities, we thoroughly enjoyed this. Recommend!

1  Thank littlebay12
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Reviewed 8 June 2018

Certainly well worth the visit, the conditions certainly would crush even the strongest of men but as they say 'do the crime do the time', irraspective of era.

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Reviewed 6 June 2018

I didn't know this place existed until I saw it mentioned on Who Do You Think You are recently, even though I have been travelling to Tasmania over many years tracing my family convict history. What a shame the Government didn't preserve more of this...More

1  Thank Di S
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lynjacobs54
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Hi Lyn, Are you after one of our Day Tours or our Ghost Tour? Our Ghost Tour is run by a third party and can run tours outside of Monday and Friday evenings for large groups of 15+ people, but unfortunately would... More
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12 October 2017|
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Hi there, Unfortunately our Ghost Tours are available for those aged 15+, as the stories told are quite ghoulish. We do have our regular Day Tours, which would be suitable for your children. For more information you can... More
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