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The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site)

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Address: | Corner of Brisbane and Campbell Streets, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
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+61 3 6231 0911
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Hear incredible tales of crime and punishment as you are led through the...

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. 'No Mercy' convict courtroom drama and ghost tours also available. Open daily, but bookings recommended and essential for theatre and ghost tours.

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A nice way to spend a few hours and see some of our history. Tough days and tough consequences. No colour TV's here. A very informative tour even with our tour guide having an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice way to spend a few hours and see some of our history. Tough days and tough consequences. No colour TV's here. A very informative tour even with our tour guide having an injured leg. A shame that former and current governments canqnot see the value in our history.

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Helensvale, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Life was tough in those days particularly for convicts! This was a 90 minute tour of the Penitentiary and we went into the chapel, downstairs to solitary confinement, the court rooms and finally to the gallows. Very nice and knowledgeable guide who made the tour fun and interesting. Recommended when you are in Hobart.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our tour of the tench. The tour takes you through courts rooms, tunnels, to the galllows and more! It was very informative and fun.

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Benalla, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this penitentiary was very interesting and very sad place as to what the convicts had to put up with , and being keeped under the court room awaiting trial in a small confined COLD AREA ,interesting as to how they escaped at times and how they keeped sane if possible

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked a 'ghost tour' and arrived on Tasmania and had an email it was cancelled. :( We called and the lovely volunteer gave us quick directions and told us we could join the 2:30 tour. They waited a bit for our arrival. Our tour guide Roger knew everything and also recommended some other activities. The price is extremely reasonable... More 

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Alliston, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an interesting place.The guide was excellent and very well versed in the history. Being from Canada I didn't know Upper and Lower Canada sent the rebels to this prison about 1840. The court room and the gallows and the holding cells showed us it was not an easy life for the convicts.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was an interesting tour with an enthusiastic guide and his daughter who set the mood of the tour with their stories of the convict inhabitants, the harsh living conditions and tragic outcomes.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lucky to get in to a tour, but would recommend booking in advance as tours fill up fast. Guide very knowledgableand friendly. Amazing building with so much history. Bigger on the inside!

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived to find it closed on a Wednesday. Returned on the Thursday to, very kindly, being given free sntry as we are National Trust members in the UK. (Didn't even have to prove it.) The tour was fascinating although perhaps a little long and the lady had such a quiet voice it was sometimes hard to hear what she was... More 

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Preston Lancs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hidden near the heart of Hobart is this fascinating jewel of a historical monument to the grim and punitive former days of Hobart and its early and not so early prisons. A guided tours is a must, given by enthusiasts who take you through the 20th court rooms back to the chapel and solitary confinements cells, finally finishing with the... More 

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