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“An amazing place.”

The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site)
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Hobart Half-Day Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour
Ranked #6 of 136 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, 'Pandemonium' a 40 minute film about our convict past and for our Ghost Tour. Bookings recommended for Day Tours and Pandemonium and essential for Ghost Tour. Please note that access to the site is by Guided Tour Only.
Lutterworth, United Kingdom
1 review
“An amazing place.”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

I did the tour last November and was amazed at how accessible the place is to visitors. I expected areas to be cordoned off, like in Melbourne jail. So I was a bit startled when I walked into this nondescript looking outbuilding and found myself facing a noose. What a terrific experience - it really brought the past to life.

Barry, the excellent tour guide, was very knowledgeable and generous with his time. I learned a lot and it was very entertaining.

Visited November 2013
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Pakenham, Australia
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“Historic experience”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

The tour guide was very experienced - thanks Jeff.

The experience of walking through the tunnel and standing in the solitary cell was surreal.

One of the best tours - solely operated by volunteers who are passionate about this historic site.

Visited January 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Wonderful and interesting! Best thing we did in Hobart.”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We loved this tour! Barry, our tour guide really made the tour exciting, entertaining and incredibly interesting. He was so knowledgeable. We highly reccomendation this 2 hour tour to all Hobart visitors. Loved the history lesson spanning over 100 years. Such great value too! Thanks Barry and all at the Penitentiary Chapel :)

Visited January 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A very worthwhile history lesson”
Reviewed January 4, 2014

Although the majority of the site is no longer in existence the tour guide did a brilliant job of painting a picture of where everything was and what it was like. He was a wealth of information and he led the tour enthusiastically. He did not draw a breath for the whole two hours! He answered all questions in detail and then some. The design of the chapel is a great example of utilising space to the maximum. The tunnels and dark cells are not for the claustrophobic but definitely worth it. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

Visited January 2014
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Bermuda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed December 30, 2013

Well worth a visit
Tons of history and we learned a great deal.
The staff were excellent and thre is so much about Hobart I never knew

Visited December 2013
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