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Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Hobart Convict Penitentiary

Hobart Convict Penitentiary

Brisbane and Campbell Streets, Hobart, Australia, TAS 7000

The basics

Guided tours take 1.5 hours and reveal the harrowing realities of convict life in Hobart. Shuffle down the narrow passageways; peek into some of the 36 solitary confinement cells and court rooms; visit the chapel; and walk through the execution yard and gallows. Along the way, listen to stories about the convicts and their crimes, learn how many of the tiny and unventilated cells were closed in 1847 as they were deemed inhumane, and hear how the Penitentiary later served as Hobart Gaol for over 100 years.

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Things to know before you go

*Hobart Convict Penitentiary is a must for those interested in Tasmania’s convict history, especially if you don’t have time for a day trip to Port Arthur. *Access to Hobart Convict Penitentiary is by guided tour only. Children under 6 are free, although the nature of tours may not be suitable for younger children. *The historic site has narrow steps, tunnels, and uneven floors, so wear suitable shoes. Access for wheelchairs is very limited.

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How to get there

Hobart Convict Penitentiary is located at the corner of Campbell Street and Brisbane Street in downtown Hobart. It’s a short walk from many of Hobart’s central attractions or else buses 560, 561, and 562 stop right outside.

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When to get there

Guided tours are held four times daily (typically from 10am until 2.30pm) from Tuesday to Friday, and on weekend afternoons only (typically at 1pm and 2.30pm). Advance booking is recommended.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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