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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 great tour fascinating place hour tour fascinating history knowledgeable guide well worth the visit great insight his knowledge couple of hours small group female factory gallows chapel
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is truely one of the best tours experienced! The tour guides are so passionate and have so much knowledge. From the outside it doesn't look like much, but is an absolutely treasure of history once you get into the church and cells and gallows....More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank ClaireG2946
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was one of the best experiences ive had! I learnt so much about our history...and the Ghosts that still lurk in the 'shadows' Thankyou Michelle!!

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Wezzie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow ,very interesting ,go back in history to a time when Britain sent most of its lets say bad boys and girls over to another continent where they spent time locked up for many years with hard labour par for the course,they done their time...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank PeterG3382
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Guided tours make all the difference, lots of facts and stories - some quite horrifying 😳 - the tour was interesting and the guide, Sebastian, quirky and well informed. Tour includes a 35-40 minute movie giving some insights into some of the people transported and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank 206danif
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Strange, because when it comes to convict heritage, everyone talks about Port Arthur, and this important part of history sits right within the CBD. All should immerse themselves in this site, except perhaps for children. In fact, our tour guide, had to `sanitise' their discussion...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank lindatAdel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Having a great interest in history and the early days of Tasmania this was wonderful experience & so informative. The guide Michelle was brilliant and very knowledgeable. We were given a real understanding of those early days, the hardships and cruelty the convicts were subjected...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank kathydavis2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on a Friday night. The tour was well run and the guide was informative and made the tour fun. No ghosts for us on the night but a good night all the same. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Russmel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an engrossing morning at the Old Penitentiary with our National Trust tour guide Michelle - a polished performer! It was interesting to see how the old building had been re-purposed as a court building after the goal shifted elsewhere in the 1960s. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tanderra
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I grew up in Hobart and left in the late 60's..... was not aware of the Penitentiary ! heard about it through a friend and decided to visit. We booked our tour, and also included the film "Pandemonium". What a great experience! Our national trust...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Deborah S
Reviewed 16 January 2019

I was set to visit the penitentiary and arrived about 10 past 12 to be told "the 12 o'clock tour is full". I said that was Ok as I prefer to find my own way around such attractions but I was told this was not...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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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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