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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  • What an interesting place.The guide was excellent and very well versed in the history. Being from Canada I didn't know Upper and Lower Canada sent the rebels to this prison about 1840. The court room ...  more »
  • This was an interesting tour with an enthusiastic guide and his daughter who set the mood of the tour with their stories of the convict inhabitants, the harsh living conditions and tragic outcomes. 
  • Lucky to get in to a tour, but would recommend booking in advance as tours fill up fast. Guide very knowledgableand friendly. Amazing building with so much history. Bigger on the inside! 
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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