Hobart Convict Penitentiary Historic Site, Hobart

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Over 50,000 male convicts attended Hobart Convict Penitentiary 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. Use our Hobart online attractions planner to visit Hobart Convict Penitentiary Historic Site on your trip to Hobart, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Interesting night Ghost Tour at Hobart Convict Penetentiary! We didnt find the tour that spooky but definitely very interesting. The guides are passionate about the history of the jail & the stories....  more
    Interesting night Ghost Tour at Hobart Convict Penetentiary! We didnt find the tour that spooky but definitely very interesting. The guides are passionate about the history of the jail & the stories....  more »
  • Our group of four did an 11.30am tour with guide Mark. It was worth every cent of the $25 pp fee. The extensive knowledge and passion shown by our guide shone through. What we learned from his tour... 
    Our group of four did an 11.30am tour with guide Mark. It was worth every cent of the $25 pp fee. The extensive knowledge and passion shown by our guide shone through. What we learned from his tour...  more »
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  • Did the ghost tour and it was awesome! Was a small group and Stacy was amazing tour guide. Told us all about the history of the penitentiary. Had a cheeky ghost experience as well!! Would definitely do it again and recommend it to anyone visiting Hobart.
  • We had the most amazing and deeply moving tour from our John, our guide. His storytelling style enabled us to almost feel and experience the lives of the men and women of the Tench. Thank you so much. A great tour and highly recommended.

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