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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

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Australia's most significant site associated with female convicts sits in the shadow of Mount Wellington, a short distance from the Hobart CBD.Women were incarcerated here as punishment or while waiting to be assigned. With guards, nurses and...more
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16 Degraves St | South Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7004, Australia
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All reviews guided tour re enactment women convicts port arthur convict history live history mary james cascade brewery great insight well worth the visit visiting hobart actors prison stories play performance information
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We visited this place having been to Port Arthur and found the whole thing thought provoking and interesting, thanks to Shelley for her amazing knowledge and enthusiasm about this place which deserves to be preserved and it’s memories recorded.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sue T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Though what remains is only an empty site, Cascades Female Factory still evolve deep feelings for us as for all the history it holds. Another excellent place to visit to learn about the convict history in Tasmania.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pinkiebubbles
Reviewed 1 week ago

I attended on a weekday morning, and was the only visitor on site initially. Staff were pleasant. I paid for site entry only ($8) and wandered around somewhat aimlessly for 30 minutes. Apart from the pamphlet handed to me, there was very little to read...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SCarlsson_89
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear SCarlsson_89. Thanks you for your review after your recent visit. Since the Cascades Female Factory was in operation in the 1800s, significant deterioration and removal of materials has occurred over time. As one of the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage Property, the attraction has...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found out about this place by chance, but so glad I went. Like many I did the $35 double tour/ Mary’s Story promenade theatre and found it both fascinating and moving. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the history of colonisation, and in the era...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank S9373OPderekb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great time spent here, we did the “her story” and “the historical “ tours and really enjoyed it. The lady, Rosie who played Mary was great, as was the gentleman that played the doctor in the “her story “. This is a must see for...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Brainy67
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We purchased the $35 package that includes entrance to the site, a guided tour and 'our story ', all in all two hours plus we spent another half hour looking around on our own. We thought the whole thing was incredibly interesting and terribly sad....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jasmine38Chichester
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Little is left of the Female Factory, but what is there gives a taste of how helpless and fearful the women who were brought here must have felt. The site is world heritage listed and we feel it is well worth a visit. Site entry...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BrisvegasDingo
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi BrisvegasDingo, Thank you for your kind review after recently visiting the site. As you highlight site entry includes a guidebook and for an additional fee visitors can take part in either of the tours offered to provide a further context of the site that...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here not expecting much but decided to purchase the 'combination tours' which included the her story which is a wonderful performance that told the life of a convict would highly recommend and a heritage tour which was very informative!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting part of Australian history however there is so little left of the physical history to see. Lots to read and stories to hear. Reasonably priced.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jibby9
PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Jibby9, Thank you for your review after recently visiting the site. It sounds like you had a very worthwhile visit and enjoyed the stories. As you mention little of the original buildings remain from the site that was in operation in the 1800’s. Our...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There isn’t a lot to see but to hear the history of the place and listen to one of the stories being played out is a must - the way women were treated was just horrific. The 2 actors did a fantastic job.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Lea M
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Hi Lea M, Thanks for your ticketing question. Our Cascade Female Factory Historic Site, located in Hobart has tickets available on arrival to the site itself. Direct site contact details: 1800 139 478 Thanks, we look... More
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