Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, Hobart

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Formerly a workhouse for female convicts in the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land, Cascades Female Factory Historic Site is now a museum listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Operational between 1828 and 1856, the factory was an important part of the forced migration of convicts and global developments associated with punishment and reform. The site demonstrates how Britain used penal transportation to expand its sphere of influence, as well as to punish female convicts. Guided tours include short dramatic performances presenting the story of the convicts and their guardians. To visit Cascades Female Factory Historic Site and other attractions in Hobart, use our Hobart holiday planner.
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  • History of the female convicts is frequently overlooked. The female factory showcases the women who helped to populate and make modern day Australia. Both interesting and worth taking in the enactment...  more »
  • Actually there is not much to see here: A few walls and floor plans of former buildings. 3 by former 5 courtyards are accessible, tw. It has a few signs with (too) little information. A folder in the hand is pressed one upon entry (for $ 5). If tours or performances take place and it has not paid for it, you will be assigned (friendly) away. There's just a building, but especially crocheted caps were issued. For that I was now not so interested.
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  • Great place to visit and the tour guides are a mine of information on the penal colony and life as a prisoner in Van Diemans Land. Excellent. 
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  • What a wonderful, informative place. On first sight you wonder why would I go in? Take the tour followed by the play Her Story and you will never forget the tales of this women's prison. The whole place is amazing and hearing the tales you can imagine the hardship and grief that these women endured. We visited Port Arthur and the Tench and I can say this rivals Port Arthur. It may not look as impressive but the staff are so passionate about this place you cannot help but want to stay and wander and look and hear. Well worth a visit. I cannot stop thinking about this part of Tasmania's history...
  • There is very little remaining here if the prison outside of the matrons house. Mostly you see the outside walls with a few plaques. I arrived at 3:30 so missed the final tour which is at 3:00. Place closes at 4:00pm so only glimpsed the basics. It is better to allow for an hour. Self guided tour was $5.
  • We thought this was excellant , staff guide Shelly was very informative and made our experience feel like we where there back in time . It is a must , you should go see and learn about our history . It was worth spending the $15 to have it all explained to us . Laura was a great help in the Matrons Cottage also , well done to the owners of this great attraction and it's staff you do a marvelous job . Thank you for a great hour in our day .
  • An excellent tour through the history of the female factory and some fascinating stories. The entry tires allow you to do self tires if the site or you can pay for guided tours and the even have an interactive show which starts around midday.
  • Well a very interesting historical site. You can pay $5 for a self guided tour, but I would definitely recommend paying the $15, and getting the guided tour. Lora is your guided tour guide and well worth the extra $10. She leads you on a very informative tour through all the yards in this facility. She is an archaeologist, so she knows her stuff. Well worth the visit, do not go cheap, spend the money and get a guided tour.