The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site), Hobart

(4.6/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
Over 50,000 male convicts attended The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site) 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. Put The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site) at the forefront of your travel plans using our Hobart vacation trip planner.
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  • The tour through the buildings was very interesting. The stories of the convicts hardships made it more real and we appreciated the chance to see it all first hand. Not many people on the tour so not ...  more »
  • Frankly, I didn't want to come to this place, but it plan B after discovering MONA closed However, it has been a highlight of the historical sights of Tas. Roger, our guide was excellent in painting a...  more »
  • The 10am Tench day time tour was a well constructed guide, showing the old cells, church, court house, tunnel - which lead to the court house, gallows and the penitentiary grounds. Went 20 mins over t...  more »
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  • Really interesting place. The tour guide did a brilliant job.
  • Very interesting tour, James was a good guide and the price was fair
  • Great place! Really must do the tour, not expensive and very good. Guide Judy is very motivated and knots a lot about the place, when she talks about it, the place is brought to life again the way it was in your imagination.
  • Just wonderful - we did not take the actual tour, but a relative did. Patrick was to fly to Melbourne and return to Hobart on the tall ship - Europa!! We had the feel of the Convicts being brought up from the wharves to the Chapel - all very awful, but the history is great. Danny very chatty and I picked up the replica of the goal key - huge and heavy! It is a must go place for everyone. Patricia and Ivan Hammond from Melbourne