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Immerse yourself in an incredible place of Tasmanian criminal history, that’s only a short walk or Red Decker bus ride from Hobart CBD (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site stop).
The Hobart Convict Penitentiary 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 that remain – a captivating insight into over 175 years of Hobart’s shadier past.
Access to the site is by guided tour or events only.
These include Ghost Tours, and Pandemonium – ‘The Convict Film Experience’ There is also a National Trust gift shop on site.
Open every day except public holidays (access by guided tour or event only, book online).