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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