The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site), Hobart

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Historic Site
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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  • Was very privileged to be the only guest on Sandra's tour of The Tench and I wasn't let down. She was very professional and knowledgeable and very entertaining, which wouldn't be easy for a tour group...  more »
  • Location great parking on site, very informative tour, short enough to allow other activities on same day but worth the money. Was impressed with guide knowledge and was amazed at the site . My teenag...  more »
  • Our nearly 2 hr guided tour with Angela was a marvelous experience. Her knowledge of the facility, the convicts life and conditions were amazing, delivered with both humor and sadness, where appropria...  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.