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Phone: 0362310911

Amenities: Carpark, Toilets, Guided Tours Available, Gift Shop

Suitable for Ages: Families

Ticket Information:

  • Hobart Visitor Centre 03 6238 4222
  • Additional fees may apply

Regarded as one of the most significant convict sites in Australia, The Tench, as it was known by its inhabitants, was the convict prisoners' barracks for Hobart Town. It originally spanned over two acres and some 50,000 male convicts passed through the complex.

Following the end 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.

Today it is home to a wide variety of events - from a daily guided tour program, ghost evenings and live history theatre; to musicals, corporate cocktail functions and paranormal investigation nights.

Winner of a 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award as the 6th top landmark in Australia - Penitentiary Chapel HIstoric Site is only a short walk or Red Decker bus ride from Hobart CBD (Old Hobart Gaol stop).

Map showing The Tench (Old Hobart Gaol)