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The Roundhouse

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Address: Captains Lane, Arthur Head | Fremantle, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
Phone Number: (0)8 9336 6897
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Go at 1pm

A 20 min visit that free( they like a donation) make sure your there at 1 pm when they fire the cannon

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Nottm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

A 20 min visit that free( they like a donation) make sure your there at 1 pm when they fire the cannon

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Beth B, Front Office Manager at The Roundhouse, responded to this review

Great you enjoyed your visit to the Roundhouse. The gold coin donation is appreciated, as we are volunteer organisation and the money is used to help update displays and facilities. More 

Perth, Australia
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

To think that this was once a prison for convicts back in the day. I guess the convicts never saw the view but has to be best vantage points in Fremantle!

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Beth B, Front Office Manager at The Roundhouse, responded to this review

Tim, the view from the gun deck is fantastic. The Roundhouse was built by the first settlers after they arrived in 1829 and was used as a gaol for colonial prisoners. More 

Hawick
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69 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Loaded with history which is explained on info boards in some of the cells. Great views over the city, and we had a good chat with Nanette who shared loads of info for the roundhouse and surrounding area.

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Beth B, Front Office Manager at The Roundhouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Hassendeanbandb. The Roundhouse gives a fascinating glimpse of penal life in colonial times. Thank you also for your comments about Nanette, one of our many hardworking volunteer guides, who help to provide visitors with extra information about this wonderful old building. More 

Alice Springs, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

A great little part of history to visit while in the Fremantle area. It is the oldest public building in all of Western Australia. A gold coin donation to this worthy, heritage volunteer run cause is a very cheap entry. It is worth a visit to this old "goal" while in Fremantle. It is only open 5 hours a day... More 

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Beth B, Front Office Manager at The Roundhouse, responded to this review

Pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and that you experienced being locked in the stocks. The Roundhouse is a significant building in the colonial history of WA. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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22 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Nice place to visit when you are walking through fremantle. Very nice view once you reach the canon and nice and peaceful in the morning. There is a nice little cafe outside the entrance where you can have a good coffee

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Beth B, Front Office Manager at The Roundhouse, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Roundhouse Marc and pleased to note you found it interesting. The view from the gun deck, where the cannon is fired daily at 1.00pm, is wonderful. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

A peaceful morning walk along the esplanade found this piece of history. Offering some views of the bay, interesting facts, a tunnel carved through the hill, and periodic sandstone architecture it is well worth the stop.

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Beth B, Front Office Manager at The Roundhouse, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Rarking. Great to see you enjoyed your visit to WA's oldest public building. More 

Perth, Australia
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The Roundhouse in Fremantle is one of many convict built structures. Built to house convicts in Fremantle it is now a historical building that welcomes many visitors each year. No actual set fee for visiting but a gold coin donation is requested and can be deposited into the honor box just inside the entrance. The roundhouse shows how the early... More 

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Beth B, Front Office Manager at The Roundhouse, responded to this review

Great you enjoyed your visit DKR. Just to clarify that the Roundhouse wasn't built by convict labour. Convicts didn't arrive in WA until 1850. The Roundhouse was built by the first settlers who arrived in the Swan River Colony in 1829. The conditions in the cells would certainly have been hard for the prisoners kept there. More 

Bendigo, Victoria
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14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

A story of the past of Fremantle, was not what I expected when I climbed the stairs and entered the Roundhouse, lots to read about the times and use of the Roundhouse, great views once outside the Roundhouse too.

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Brisbane, Australia
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66 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 via mobile

The roundhouse is a very interesting place, the volunteer staff are very knowledgeable. You also get great views of the harbour area, it's well worth a look.

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Long Beach, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

A brief step in time with a docent who will help you to relive the past by putting you in stockades and charging you with a crime (and story) of someone's actual experience.

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