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Hobart Convict Penitentiary

May 9

About Hobart Convict Penitentiary

Explore a key piece of Tasmania's convict past at the Tench, located in the heart of Hobart. Originally constructed during the early 1830s by Civil Engineer John Lee Archer to accommodate an influx of incoming convicts, this site played host to over 50,000 male prisoners before transportation was halted, and it subsequently served as both Hobart’s Old Gaol (1857) and Supreme Court. As such, visitors can uncover fascinating insights into Van Diemen's Land history here!

Experience a piece of Tasmania's fascinating history with a visit to the Penitentiary. Located on the corner of Brisbane and Campbell Streets in Hobart, it is just steps away from downtown or accessible via Red Decker Bus Stop "Old Hobart Gaol". Open seven days a week for general admission fee-paid guided tours or pre-arranged group bookings, you can also browse through souvenirs at The National Trust Shop during opening hours.


What to do at Hobart Convict Penitentiary

Uncover the gripping history of one of Australia's convict-era sites with a guided tour through the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site. Explore remarkable structures like its courts, tunnels, solitary cells and gallows, which were erected in 1857. Take your time to marvel at these monuments that have stood witness to so much before watching Pandemonium – an unusually captivating film found within the chapel itself! Immerse yourself fully in this 90-minute excursion into our past.

Uncover the tales of those who were once sentenced to life within Hobart Convict Penitentiary, from its Chapel with accounts of Heaven and Hell, through the courtrooms where justice was served out in full force to the fateful Gallows. Dare you come after dark and explore this notorious landmark? Step into Van's chaotic, convict-filled world and embark on an enlightening journey through its historic penitentiary chapel. On this guided tour, you will gain daytime access to courtrooms and tunnels leading up to the chapel itself--a unique experience not soon forgotten!

The Tench

One local company in Hobart that is involved in this tourist attraction;

Name: Solar Power Hobart

Address: 100-102 Hopkins St, Moonah TAS 7009

Telephone: (03) 6144 4077



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