The Fremantle Round House
The Fremantle Round House
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10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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The Fremantle Round House is the oldest public building in Western Australia, purpose built as a gaol (jail) when the Swan River Colony was first settled. Volunteer Guides are available to share the history of the Round House with visitors and the Round House is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm daily (except for Christmas Day and Good Friday). The cannon is fired (weather permitting) at 1.00pm every day on the Gun Deck and we welcome visitors applying to be the Honorary Gunner for the day.
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Claudietta_86
Sydney, Australia58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Entry by donation in this little piece of history. Useful panels can be found around the building to provide additional info. Hard to believe prisoners spent long periods of times in such a barren building but very interesting to visit
Written February 29, 2020
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Thank you for your review and interest in the Round House. The longest sentence that could be served in the Round House was 2 years. Anyone deserving a longer sentence (there were about 80 overall) was transported "beyond the seas" that is to the convict colonies of New South Wales or Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania). We hope you will come again for another visit in the future!
Written March 4, 2020
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RicT
Brisbane, Australia164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Excellent view of the surrounds and beaches from the top. Can’t believe they housed 70 prisoners there while the Fremantle jail was built. Recommend having a look and walk around this historical site, at 1pm daily they fire the cabin, this attraction by gold coin and suitable for all.
Written March 8, 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The Fremantle Round House is built of local limestone, it was completed in 1831 -- the Swan River Colony was founded in 1829. It is the oldest public building still standing in Western Australia. It was once used to house prisoners. A tunnel was bored under the Roundhouse to allow whales to be pulled ashore into Fremantle and then processed for blubber and other by-products. It's an interesting building, entry is by a gold coin donation.
Written May 18, 2022
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Fiona G
Adelaide, Australia341 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
The round house is one of the many historical buildings and points of interest in Fremantle. It usually houses an art gallery but was currently closed when I visited due to Covid-19. It was still worth a look and I included it on a walking tour around fremantle. It has information boards stating date of build and use
Written June 23, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The Fremantle Round House is the oldest surviving structure in Western Australia, dating from 1831. The Round House has served a number of purposes, including acting as a jail. It's near the Maritime Museum, and it adjoins Bathers Beach. Tickets for the daily guided tours can be purchased in advance. By the way, the Round House is known for its Whalers' Tunnel, which was used so whales could be hauled from the ocean into the town of Fremantle.
Written December 5, 2022
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Veron
13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This place is small but worth the visit. Surrounding this place, there is bathers beach, Art on the move and the beautiful scenic sea view for photo taking.

The historical architecture is beautiful and there is also a unique tunnel below. From here to Freemantle centre is within walking distance and a nice easy stroll.
Written November 13, 2022
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Douglas R
Tenterden, UK879 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Built by the first settlers with local limestone. The Gun Deck gives a panoramic view of Rottnest and Garden Islands as well as the cute Bathers Beach below. A building with a great history as a jail. Local volunteers are on hand and very knowledgeable. A small donation gets entry and is appreciated.
Written April 13, 2020
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Dazzling63
Solihull, UK1,087 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Well worth a visit, not far to walk from the harbour and main town. Interesting history and plenty of reading material and photographs. Children will also find this interesting as there are stocks and prisoner-number signs they can touch. Entrance is by way of small donation.
Written April 6, 2020
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Z4970UVmichaeld
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We got there just on closing (3pm). Our fault, we assumed it was open till 5pm. Either way, the lovely volunteers who run the place still allowed us to have a quick peek around whilst they were closing up. There’s not a lot to see as it is a small but historically important part of Fremantle’s history and for a small donation, well worth checking out if in Fremantle.
Written February 15, 2023
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland10,875 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We enjoyed our visit to the beautifully restored/preserved Round House in Freemantle. The volunteer staff are great to answer questions and really added to our visit.
It's very small and there's not much to see except the structure itself, but it's definitely worth it and was one of my favourite things to do in Freemantle.
Written August 28, 2023
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