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Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
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Hobart Half-Day Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour
Ranked #19 of 146 things to do in Hobart
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Australia's most significant site associated with female convicts sits in the shadow of Mount Wellington, a short distance from the Hobart CBD.Women were incarcerated here as punishment or while waiting to be assigned. With guards, nurses and babies, up to 1000 people lived here at any one time. Discover the stories of female convicts and their children on a guided tour that operate regularly throughout the day.Experience 'Her Story' - a moving and emotional 45 minute dramatised guided walking tour.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 5 October 2017

I visited today with my two daughters (age 7 and 10).

We booked into "Her Story" tour and dramatisation and it was fantastic.

We were all enthralled. If I had been on my own I would have taken a heritage tour. As a local I'll probably head back and do that another time.

I have been to Port Arthur historic site many times and the site is interesting and a relevant part of history but the convict history has always had such an emphasis on men, it is nice to hear the history of the women who arrived here too.

This is an easily accessible site. It is only a few minutes out of Hobart.

1  Thank KateNH
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

This is a must do for every visitor to Hobart. I would also recommend doing the guided tour to get the most out of the site and to learn more about Australian convict history. I learnt a bit that was not taught at school and it all made sense.

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Reviewed 1 October 2017

Your heart will be broken, your mind diverted and you'll learn far more than you bargained for whilst being able to take the most perfectly instagram worthy shots of the bare bones of what's been left behind now the women who suffered here are no more.

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We walked to the Female Factory from the Cascade Brewery. Easy 10 minute walk. Not a lot left of the Female Factory to see but still a great place to visit.

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We visited Cascade Female Factory from the recommendation of another friend. We paid to see the play in regards to the life of a particular inmate - Mary James, and glad we did. The actors - 2 of, were marvellous, and the story told was of cruelty and hardship these women faced once sent out from England. Sometime for just stealing bread !!
It's a must

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PortArthurSite, Guest Relations Manager at Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Dear Jane A,
So pleased you visited after a recommendation from a friend and sounds like you had a very valuable visit. We are honoured to share stories of the convict women who spent time here, it really is amazing what some of them were sent here for.
Hope you enjoyed your time in Hobart.
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