The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site), Hobart

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 850+ 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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  • James was a lovely knowledgable tour guide and the entire afternoon was really good. Would recommend 1042 coats though, was super chilly throughout the entire place. 
  • This tour is well worth doing. The site is full of interest, and ending up at the trapdoor for the gallows brings home the history in a personal and graphic way. James was an entertaining and personab...  read more »
  • Ben, our guide, conveyed his formidable knowledge in such a manner, that I truly felt as if I was stepping back in time. In fact, our little group of strangers was so captivated by the story of the pe...  read more »
  • 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
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