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The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site)

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Address: 6 Brisbane St | Corner of Brisbane and Campbell Streets, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
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+61 3 6231 0911
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10:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Tue 10:00 - 15:00
Thu - Fri 10:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 13:00 - 15:00
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.

Join us for Guided Day Tours running up to 4 times daily on weekdays and 2 times on weekends, 'Pandemonium' a 40 minute film about our convict past and for our Ghost Tour. Bookings recommended for Day Tours and Pandemonium and essential for Ghost Tour.

Please note that access to the site is by Guided Tour Only.

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Great tour by volunteer of a place that deserves recognition by not only the tourists, Tasmanian local and state government. It is an important historical site that should be... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Fleur B
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Wollongong
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Wollongong
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great tour by volunteer of a place that deserves recognition by not only the tourists, Tasmanian local and state government. It is an important historical site that should be better spruked by Nat Trust, maybe include a multi site ticket? Anyway, this gem tells us about another aspect of convict lives, with even a hangman's noose! Go, go, go!

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Roger was a terrific guide and we found the whole tour so interesting. Would thoroughly recommend the tour to any visitor to Hobart. Don't miss it!

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Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour guide had the right story, but wrong delivery. Still a very interesting place to visit though. Shame so much was destroyed!

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Taranna, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting tour. The Tench is a combination of gaol, chapel and courts and it is fascinating to see the remaining buildings and learn of the transition. It is a great pity that so much has been lost over the years or allowed to decay. What remains is fascinating. The tour guides are all volunteers and are both passionate and... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Made reservations expecting a 45-minute guided trip through the building but it ended up being a drawn-out 90 minutes. Lots of information and history but the guide repeated herself many, many times trying to get the young kids to understand things that were beyond their abilities to comprehend. It's a shame that the site doesn't get more support to help... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a very interesting tour with informative guide around this property. The school children certainly were having fun.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I tried to go on a tour here but outdated hours on their website meant that I arrived after it had already closed for the day. No one should ever have to email an historic site telling them that they need to update their hours on their website, much less someone visiting a city from another country. Extremely disappointed that... More 

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Keswick, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First the good news FREE TO NATIONAL TRUST MEMBERS! Tour lasted one and a half hours but if you have to pay$15 still worth it!

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Wollongong, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked in for a tour at $15 per person then the pandemonium film as well at another $15. The tour was at 2.30pm, then we had to come back at 5.30pm for the film which is really annoying. This should be done straight after the tour, not expecting visitors to go away and return. The tour was interesting, the... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is only accessible via a 90min guided tour, the tour starts out a bit dull but gets interesting when they take you into the more interesting parts of the site, culminating in the execution chamber. You can take a selfie with your head in the noose - I can't believe I was the only one on my tour... More 

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