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Hobart Convict Penitentiary

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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...more
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6 Brisbane St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
+61 3 6231 0911
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A great experience in the old convict penitentiary or "Tench" as it's known. It puts into sounds and pictures the stories of many of the convicts and gives you a feel for their experiences. Great experience!

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We did a tour and followed it up with the Pandemonium 'film'. We had an amazing afternoon. Our tween/teen kids loved it all, and it sparked more history conversations/research for them. Very informative and enjoyable.

1  Thank Nicole F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Roger took my husband and I on the tour. We learnt so much about the building, the convicts, the chapel and court. The solitary cell and the execution area were so interesting, informative, evoked a lot of emotion also but highly recommend doing this tour,...More

1  Thank Kim L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we didn't even know this museum existed but it was well worth the visit to find out more about Hobart's historic penal and justice system.

Thank Robert W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our day here Wish i had taken clearer pics. It was a short snd sweet trip.felt sad for the convicts and the stories i heard.we were glad we got to vidit the area

Thank Saintjoan2001
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great insight at where some of the 'good' convicts were held (as opposed to Port Arthur). Very interesting tour through the remnants including the tunnels under the church pews, the solitary confinement cell and the bird cage walk to the courtroom.

1  Thank WendyS2475
Reviewed 15 August 2018 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

2  Thank Nicole F
Reviewed 14 August 2018 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
Reviewed 12 August 2018

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

3  Thank astrild
Reviewed 3 August 2018

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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4 November 2017|
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Response from ChandraAltoff | Property representative |
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
12 October 2017|
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Response from ChandraAltoff | Property representative |
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
20 February 2016|
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