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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  • Brings home how people in high places can get what they want. Like more men and women in Van Diemans Land. You are escorted through the establishment by very well versed and knowledgeable guides. The ...  more »
  • Hobart Convict Penitentiary is a unique and memorable place located in city of Hobart. We were very lucky to be the only two in a group with a fantastic guide who had great historical knowledge about ...  more »
  • This museum did not open on the day advertised in its promotional material (a Monday) causing wasted time and a long unnecessary walk. The pamphlet I used was obtained from the Hobart information cent...  more »
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  • Visited here on a whim as I had a bit of spare time in Hobart. The reception was so so and the waiting room was freezing. But our tour guide made up for it. He was so enthusiastic and got everyone involved in the tour, even international people who weren't as up on the convict history of Australia. The building is a bit dilapidated but there is work in progress and I found the tour really interesting. I would recommend checking it out if you have the time and are interested in history. Great job Sebastian keep up the good work!
  • Danny, our guide, was brilliant! Thanks for an awesome trip.
  • This ghost tour was very informative and our tour guide was great but didn't feel anything or see anything
  • After reading the reviews and doing the tour I am 100% sure that the actual tour guide was sick, we just had the most terrible tour at this place. $20 per person, not enough space for everyone to sit in the room so we had to stand, we only got half of what the guy said cause the group was way too big for the small space and he kept looking the other way so we couldn’t understand a word. We then entered the chambers in small groups because the group was too big but he would only explain to the first group what the purpose of the chamber was. So most of the time we walked into a room but had no idea what it was.Tour guide knew some dates and facts but the way he did the tour was just awkward, he kept forgetting what he wanted to say, didn’t seem very familiar with the building. Waste of money and time!
  • Loved it. Tony was very informative and funny. A really great tour.
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