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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  • Convict history is an essential part of Tasmania. This penitentiary is a preserved insight from convict days as a church right through to its use as a court and place of execution in relatively modern...  more »
  • Very interesting guided tour. Our guide Wayne was great and knowledgable. One of the only remaining structures in australia demonstrating the convict history.  more »
  • Although most tourists go to Port Arthur, this is a piece of history right in Hobart that shouldn’t be missed. A great 1-1/2 hour walk through the convict history in town. Thorough tour with loads of ...  more »

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Hobart features a varied selection of budget and mid-range rooms located within striking distance of the central business district. You can choose from single rooms in small but comfortable hotels, or spacious suites with sweeping views of the Derwent River. If you want to avoid the central areas, look for rooms in North Hobart, where you can stay moments away from some of the city's finest restaurants. Throughout the city, backpacker hostels and pubs with rooms for rent provide another affordable alternative for those traveling on a shoestring.
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