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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TripAdvisor
  • Had a very interesting tour with informative guide around this property. The school children certainly were having fun.  more »
  • I visited this place on a tour and it was great. Extremely friendly and guide seemed to know very well the history of the site and contextualize everything in the historic moment. Well maintained, despite not being as old as well. Worth the visit.
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  • I tried to go on a tour here but outdated hours on their website meant that I arrived after it had already closed for the day. No one should ever have to email an historic site telling them that they ...  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