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Hobart Convict Penitentiary

  • Hobart Convict Penitentiary
  • Hobart Convict Penitentiary

One of Australia's most significant convict precincts is only a short walk or Red Decker bus ride from Hobart's CBD (at the 'Hobart Convict Penitentiary' stop).

The Tench, as it was known by its inhabitants, was the convict prisoners' barracks for Hobart Town. It originally spanned over two acres and some 40,000 male convicts passed through the complex. Following the cessation of convict transportation, the site became Hobart Gaol for more than 100 years.

Sections of the chapel were converted into two Supreme Courts connected by tunnels to the gaol. An execution yard and gallows were added.

This fascinating history can still be discovered in the buildings which remain - a captivating insight into over 175 years of Hobart's shadier past.

Access to all areas is by guided tour and events only, book via our online booking system.

  • Indicative pricing
  • Contact details

Indicative Prices: $15, Child: $15

(03) 6231 0911


Corner Brisbane and Campbell Streets, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000

  • Facilities
  • Activities
  • Carpark
  • Conference/Convention Facilities
  • Interpretive Centre
  • Non Smoking
  • Public Toilet
  • Shop / Gift Shop