Hobart Convict Penitentiary, Hobart

4.5
Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Over 50,000 male convicts attended Hobart Convict Penitentiary 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. Use our Hobart online attractions planner to visit Hobart Convict Penitentiary on your trip to Hobart, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We booked the tour online and got there earlier, was able to look through the museum before tour started. Lucky for us we were the only ones on the tour. The tour included the court room, chapel...  more »
  • Highly recommended 👌 our tour guide was Mark who was highly engaging and very knowledgeable. My family and I can’t stop raving about this ghost tour and have told other tourists in the area how...  more »
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  • Absolutely awesome! The tour guides are passionate and it really comes through during the tour. From the outside it doesn't look like much, but what lays beneath is a real historic treasure. Definitely better than Port Arthur.
  • We went here on a tour in the evening and it was really cool! And they have a working gallows which you don't see every day. It's very much still mostly intact and you can see what it would've been like at various time thru go arts history.

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