The Fremantle Round House, Fremantle

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Given the country's history as a penal colony, it might not surprise you that Western Australia's oldest public building is a former prison. Built in 1830, the rotund white-brick The Fremantle Round House originally housed convicted prisoners before becoming a police lockup. The chief constable and his family began to occupy the building in 1900. Today, you can tour the seaside building and ask knowledgeable volunteer guides questions. Head to the upper deck for scenic views of the Fremont coast and offshore islands. To visit The Fremantle Round House and get the most from your holiday in Fremantle, create itinerary details personal to you using our Fremantle trip planner.
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  • book to be a gunner!...great experience.....a lot of history here...well worth the time....very informative  more »
  • What a grand old building to visit. We had a lovely chat with the volunteers and I was amazed as to how good it looked for its age. Great views from the top. Worth the gold coin donation.  more »
  • Worth having a walk around the Round house as part of a walking tour around the foreshore around Freemantle. We went prior to covid early in the morning, so it wasnt as hot or as busy. As with all...  more »
  • An historic structure ... the oldest building that still stands in WA.Its Gaol cells are testimony to a dark past. The museum's volunteer guides are knowledgeable and add interest to any visit. Good views of the harbour and park benches alongside. Photographic art gallery next door. An excellent cafe is 50m from the museum.
  • A really interesting place to visit. A lot of information boards to tell you the stories. There's great views from the lookout out the front too.
  • Thank you to the volunteer who entertained us. She gave lots of information. I brought my friends here and she offered a translation book about Roundhouse history so it’s easier for my friend to understand. How thoughtful. Owh yeah, don’t forget to get your criminal card after you get your ‘punishment’ 😆
  • It is one of the tourist attractions in Free mantle. A beautiful view of the Indian ocean can be seen from the top of the Round House. A tunnel through the Round House takes the pedestrians to the sea shore.
  • Happened upon this site by accident and so glad I did! It's a small site so won't take very long to see but you definitely will be glad you did. It's WA's oldest standing building and the volunteers working there are knowledgeable and friendly. Never thought seeing a cannon be fired would make me so happy! Try to be there at 1pm.

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