The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site), Hobart

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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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  • This tour is over. I suggest that it be done in at least for 3 hours. It is very interesting and has plenty of things to see and read. You have the possibility to do it at night, with a tour that simulates a haunted location. I didn't, but it seems interesting to children or teenagers.
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  • This museum is close to the CBD and has the most extraordinary audiovisual/film event on convicts that is simply quite brilliant. If you have a spare hour or so make sure that you see this.  more »
  • Was interesting but could have been done in half the time - the guide was not very engaging, and be aware it was freezing inside - we were warned.  more »
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  • Great story teller but only worth it if you have enough time to spare. If you don't give it a miss. It was quite interesting hearing the guide's interpretation of the history about the former prison site and Hobart. If you're in the area and after some local history then give it a try. We were led through underground tunnels between the court rooms and cells. We stood at the place where prisoners were hanged, learned about how court cases were held and sanitation at the time. Not a must do but a an addition to your general knowledge. Also recommend if you need to fill time or in bad weather.
  • What an amazing part of Hobart's history! The building has gone through so many different phases and it a fascinating place to see
  • Took the kids to the Pandemonium multimedia show. Very effective visual effects and a great way to learn about Tasmania's convict past. The kids loved it.
  • I loved the tour I took today with Dan. You can learn alot about Hobart history. I'd recommend it to anyone.
  • Great value tour, guide was informative and friendly. There is parking on-site.

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