Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, Hobart

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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3.8/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web
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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  • From minimal ruins a very informative and absorbing site has been developed. The site has been very cleverly interpreted and the focus on the stories of individuals brings the past to life. Strongly r...  read more »
  • Lots of knowledge from the staff. Her Story by live history productions is a must. Fantastic to walk in Mary's footsteps 
  • we didnt get a guide, and spent maybe 30-40 mins "imagining" how it was, as there were essentiallly minimal artefacts, explanations or buildings..dont go, just "imagine" and save your time..go to othe...  read more »
  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • Fantastic! Great experience. We enjoyed it more than Port Arthur which we also thoroughly enjoyed. Her Story is a must do, but if you can do the combined tour and Her Story it's great. Took our 5 and 6 year old girls they loved Her Story.
  • Love the history. Most of the buildings have been destroyed. The walls are still intact. One house still remains. Nice place to check out being so close to the city centre.
  • Well worth the $15 for the guided tour. They have actors that really bring the place to life in a way a guide book never could. A very moving place to learn about.
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