Hobart Convict Penitentiary, Hobart

4.5
#3 of 17 in Historic Sites in Hobart
Over 50,000 male convicts attended Hobart Convict Penitentiary between 1831 and 1853. Today, the chapel is a protected historical site. The penitentiary's complex of buildings containing the chapel also includes courtrooms, tunnels, solitary cells, and a refractory. The gallows in the execution yard, where 32 prisoners were hanged, were restored in the 1980s using original scaffolding. Volunteers conduct guided tours around the complex. Use our Hobart online attractions planner to visit Hobart Convict Penitentiary on your trip to Hobart, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is truely one of the best tours experienced! The tour guides are so passionate and have so much knowledge. From the outside it doesn't look like much, but is an absolutely treasure of history onc...  more »
  • It was one of the best experiences ive had! I learnt so much about our history...and the Ghosts that still lurk in the 'shadows' Thankyou Michelle!!  more »
  • Wow ,very interesting ,go back in history to a time when Britain sent most of its lets say bad boys and girls over to another continent where they spent time locked up for many years with hard labour ...  more »
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  • Absolutely awesome! The tour guides are passionate and it really comes through during the tour. From the outside it doesn't look like much, but what lays beneath is a real historic treasure. Definitely better than Port Arthur.
  • We went here on a tour in the evening and it was really cool! And they have a working gallows which you don't see every day. It's very much still mostly intact and you can see what it would've been like at various time thru go arts history.
  • Highly highly highly recommend this tour to anyone - especially skeptics! My partner and I were the only 2 on the 8PM tour (a rare occurance); however we had the most amazing (and creepy) experiences. The way the tour is run makes it all the more worthwhile - there are no theatrics, no special effects. The tour guides you through the penitentiary describing the history of the place and some recent experiences of visitors and leaves the rest to you. Both myself and my partner had a few experiences - my partner who previously was 100% “this ain’t real” isn’t so sure any more. Highly, highly recommend this tour.
  • We went on a ghost tour at night, it was not fully dark due to sun setting late in summer. Less than 10 people went on this tour which I preferred the intimacy. I had no trouble hearing the guides and didn't miss seeing anything. The guides are friendly and make you feel welcome. The tour was informative and not cringy with fake ghost 👻 paraphernalia. You could feel the thickness of history in the air. Unfortunately I didn't have any ghostly encounters this time, I will try again next time I visit Tasmania.
  • Excellent tour guide with an astounding knowledge of the Tasmanian settlement history.
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