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.
Hobart Convict Penitentiary Reviews
Was so happy with this your a little hidden gem was so informative loved the film and seeing how the convicts lived definitely lived up to our expectations great value more »
We loved the tour and the film, our guide Michelle was just awesome and full of knowledge, went way beyond to show us all that she can. However they need to update their pricing and tour info on web s... more »
Visited here on a whim as I had a bit of spare time in Hobart. The reception was so so and the waiting room was freezing. But our tour guide made up for it. He was so enthusiastic and got everyone involved in the tour, even international people who weren't as up on the convict history of Australia. The building is a bit dilapidated but there is work in progress and I found the tour really interesting. I would recommend checking it out if you have the time and are interested in history. Great job Sebastian keep up the good work!
Danny, our guide, was brilliant! Thanks for an awesome trip.
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