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Hobart Convict Penitentiary

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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 Pandemonium...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
6 Brisbane St, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
+61 3 6231 0911
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All reviews ghost tour solitary confinement cells national trust port arthur penal history great tour fascinating place hour tour an excellent guide well worth the visit great insight his knowledge couple of hours small group gallows chapel tench
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Wonderful to see history and listen to the volunteers tell you the stories of days gone by. So good to know what really happened inside these walls

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KatielouAustralia
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Highly highly highly recommend this tour to anyone - especially skeptics! My partner and I were the only 2 on the 8PM tour (a rare occurance); however we had the most amazing (and creepy) experiences. The way the tour is run makes it all the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Cassandra W
Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour wasn't what was advertised in the hotel brochure, it needs to be updated. It was still a great tour. Very interesting.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The quick tour was about an hour ($25) which was time we couldn’t spare. But we spent time looking at the relics, Brice a brac and architecture which kept us interested and talking about the Apple Isles history. Thank you and congrats to the Trust....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Road26986017007
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Penitentiary, or the "Tench" as it was known by the convicts, was built as a prisoner's barracks in the 1830's to accommodate the growing number of convicts being sent to Van Diemen's Land. It was enclosed by a high stone wall and covered an...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank westy54
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a good hidden gem! this was the old gaol before port arthur was built! So much history and it has been preserved so well the entry fee is extremely reasonable and I would pay that fee again as it is used to help preserve...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank cupcakelover2013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Hobart convict penitentiary is a fascinating place to visit. My daughter and I did the night ghost tour which was excellent. The guide's knowledge was extensive and he was very informative. The atmosphere of the place is palpable and the sad tales of the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ReptonChris1131
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was so happy with this your a little hidden gem was so informative loved the film and seeing how the convicts lived definitely lived up to our expectations great value

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SunnyJ64
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the tour and the film, our guide Michelle was just awesome and full of knowledge, went way beyond to show us all that she can. However they need to update their pricing and tour info on web site as it costs more and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 November 2018

Great tour and our guide Sebastian has a great wealth on knowledge about the former site. Whilst we never had a close encounter it was enjoyable and educational with the ghost tour adding to the sites very checked past....... all in all loved it, and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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4 November 2017|
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Response from ChandraAltoff | Property representative |
Hi Lyn, Are you after one of our Day Tours or our Ghost Tour? Our Ghost Tour is run by a third party and can run tours outside of Monday and Friday evenings for large groups of 15+ people, but unfortunately would... More
12 October 2017|
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Response from ChandraAltoff | Property representative |
Hi there, Unfortunately our Ghost Tours are available for those aged 15+, as the stories told are quite ghoulish. We do have our regular Day Tours, which would be suitable for your children. For more information you can... More
20 February 2016|
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