Hobart Convict Penitentiary, Hobart

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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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  • My wife's 3-greats grandfather, married in Suffolk, England in 1823 but transported to Van Diemen's Lane in 1832, was remarried bigamously in this chapel in 1839 so this visit held enormous significan...  more »
  • Really enjoyed my visit. I booked online a couple of weeks in advance, to make sure I didn't miss out. Easy to walk to. Small group. Tour takes one and a half hours, some steps involved to go down to ...  more »
  • Great tour lasting 1.5 hours. Judy was an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable and passionate in the convict history of the penitentiary. Worth a visit!  more »

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