Hobart Convict Penitentiary, Hobart

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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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  • September 26, 2017
    I was lucky enough to be the only person on the tour...what a treat and insight into this interesting section of Australia's convict history. My guide was extremely knowledgable.  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    An outstanding tour made all the more so by an informative and passionate guide - thanks Roger! I'd suggest you allow a couple of hours - the tour alone is a good hour and a half - and you will probab...  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    Our Air BnB host arranged tickets for us to do the tour of the Trench. Well worth it. Very good insight into convict life and transition to use of the gaol to a prison. Our guide Sandra was great and ...  more »

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