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Hobart Convict Penitentiary
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Hobart Half-Day Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour
Ranked #6 of 140 things to do in Hobart
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Hear incredible tales of crime and punishment as you are led through the courts and tunnels to the chapel, cells and gallows of this internationally-significant convict site, owned and operated by the National Trust. Join us for Guided Day Tours running up to 4 times daily on weekdays and 2 times on weekends, and for our Ghost Tour on Monday and Friday evenings. Bookings recommended for Day Tours and essential for Ghost Tour. Please note that access to the site is by Guided Tour Only.
Reviewed May 24, 2013

My goodness what can be done with few passionate souls. Brian our guide was very shy quite man and only talked to us for few hours. It was great fun. Worth visit after Port Arthur as the Penitentary was the primary mens site and soooo much cheaper.

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

What an amazing glimpse into the history of convict life! The building itself is constructed of convict hand-made bricks. The restoration work is fascinating, as are the underneath tunnels and the history surrounding this place - right down to the hangman's gallows and the inmate cells. The tour is conducted by a very knowledgeable guide who not only gives insight into the history of the building, but also imparts information about the convicts themselves and the ghosts who still roam the tunnels!! (If you believe!)
Definitely a "must do" on your trip to Hobart.

2  Thank Puggle_12
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

I visited here after a recommendation from a friend - extremely glad I did. Fascinating close up insight into layers of the dark side of Hobart's convict and penal history.
Also shows what happens when history is not valued and bits of historic buildings roughly re used - although in this case whole new layers of the history have actually been created to be viewed along the way!
You can only visit this site as part of a tour. It is a relaxed and informal experience. The guide was excellent, very knowledgable and full of interesting stories and information. The cost modest (I think $10).
Highly recommended!

Thank Margaret L
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Fantastic piece of history. our guide Barry was great and knew so much about the place and it's history. The curator has done an amazing job in restoring parts of the property. it is a shame that a lot of the old complex was demolished, but its fantastic that the National Trust TAS has taken possession so this property can be preserved

the $12 adult entry is well worth it, and make sure you take in every piece of this wonderful piece of history

Thank ben21Hobart
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

I have been living in Hobart for six months now and often drive past this historic building. I'm so glad I finally had the opportunity to join a tour and learn all about the history, characters and stories that made it so. Our guide Barry was fantastic and had us hanging on his every word right up til the end. The curator has done an amazing job restoring the old chapel wing and I loved how the tour led us through the tunnels, the criminals used before court proceedings.

Thank Laurel C
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