The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site), Hobart
(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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  • An interesting look at Hobarts convict and later prison history and Patrick was a wonderful guide, especially after he warmed up and engaged his small audience of 5. But the whole venue needs some ser...  more »
  • Brilliant coverage by the guide of past events and happenings. But there are some stairs so don't think of doing it unless you can walk up and down steep narrow 160 year old stairs. We arrived only a ...  more »
  • My wife and I and two late teens recently toured the Tench. Although much of the old gaol is gone the tour was exceptional. Tunnels, interesting stories, prison cells and the gallows. The tour guide w...  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