Hobart Convict Penitentiary Tours
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The Penitentiary Chapel, nicknamed "The Trench", designated for male convicts in Hobart Town was a less than holy place. With poor ventilation, 36 solitary confinement rooms and separate punishment chambers hidden beneath the chapel floor, it was truly a spot for torture and despair. The dark cells, referred to as “dust holes” were deemed inhumane and closed in 1849, but visitors can still catch a glimpse of the horrid conditions on a Hobart Convict Penitentiary tour, where guides remind guests about the terrible sounds that could be heard coming from convicts chained beneath the floors.
The Hobart Convict Penitentiary grounds include a prison yard, barracks, punishment chambers and an execution yard, as well as the chapel, which was partially transformed into courtrooms in 1859. Visitors who opt for the ghost tour can wander the tunnels and gallows by lamplight while hearing stories of the more than 30 individuals who were executed here.
The Hobart Convict Penitentiary is located at the corner of Brisbane and Campbell Streets. Guided tours take place Sunday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday tours take place at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. only. Adult admission is $12 and a family pass is available for $25. Discounts are available for pre-bookings. Ghost tours take place on Monday and Friday nights only.
Address: Brisbane and Campbell Streets, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Hobart Convict Penitentiary
Book a 1- or 2-day pass on a Hobart hop-on hop-off bus tour for an easy way to explore the city's top attractions at your own pace. Travel by double-decker red bus to 20 stops around the city, where you can hop off whenever you wish to visit the places that interest you. Or opt to stay onboard the bus for the full loop.
Combine two sightseeing tours in one day. Gain easy access to Hobart via a Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi) explorer bus and a hop-on hop-off city loop by open-top, double-decker bus. First, a 2-hour return trip includes 20 minutes at the summit, with views over Tasmania and a range of walking tracks to explore. Then enjoy a 90-minute narrated tour with 20 convenient stops around the city. Guides and maps included.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
See Hobart at your own pace with a combination package that includes a 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour pass and a guided tour of the Cascade Brewery. Visit the places that interest you with 20 stops available on the hop-on hop-off tour. You’ll also get to sample beers at Cascade Brewery after your tour.
Discover the whole of Hobart with a 48-hour ticket for the Hop-On Hop-Off bus. The 90-minute route includes stops at MONA Ferry Terminal, the botanical gardens, maritime museum, and more. Get off and explore whenever you like and catch the next bus when you’re ready to continue your adventure. You also enjoy get a pass for the separate bus to kunanyi/Mount Wellington.
See Hobart’s top sights on a city tour by coach tram, a historical Hobart tram that’s been converted into a motorized coach. On either a morning or afternoon tour (select when booking), discover attractions like Sullivan’s Cove, St. David’s Cathedral, the Queens Domain, and Cascade Gardens. Admire the historic homes and pubs of Battery Point, and view Georgian warehouses that have been turned into restaurants and galleries at Salamanca Place.
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What's the best way to experience Hobart Convict Penitentiary?
The best ways to experience Hobart Convict Penitentiary are:
- Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
- Kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour & Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
- Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Cascade Brewery Tour
- Hobart Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour
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