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. With our international travel planner, Hobart attractions like Cascades Female Factory Historic Site can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I love visiting here, my g g grand mother was brought out as a convict and spent several hard years here, lots of history and lists of convicts and you certainly get a sense of what it must have been ...  more »
  • Fabulous place to visit to learn about the prisoners of the motherland. Tour was excellent and the guide was brilliant.  more »
  • We really enjoyed our visit here. I feel all the attention is on Port Arthur (which is amazing too) but this place definitely deserves more credit. It was absolutely fascinating and the guide really k...  more »
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  • We did the historic tour. Well worth the $15 dollars as it helps build a better understanding of what is actually left of the factory. The guide was friendly, well informed and knew how to build a good story. Great history lesson.
  • Nice... A part of Tasmanian convict heritage. The site itself is a little dull as most of the buildings are demolished. The guided tour is good for kids.
  • Was a real eye opener! The play acting tour was &has been a massave highlight into Australian History for me .. Taking our Teenagers aross the waters to learn some incredible moving history.. totally recommend a visit here
  • The tour was really interesting and reasonably priced. If you go here expecting the historical scenery of Port Arthur you will be disappointed- there is not much left at the site. The tour is a must to really absorb the very interesting history of the place. The tour was accessible with a pram, with only 2 stairs.
  • Fun to check out if you are in the neighborhood and a history buff. Staff are very friendly and I even made a friend in a couple hours we spent there.

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