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Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area

Norfolk Island, Australia
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Wonderful history

Anyone who is interested in history will love the four museums. We took a couple of guided tours... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Sue C
History and scenery combined

Norfolk Island really only has 2 salable commodities - history and scenery and Kingston combines... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Denise E
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Brisbane, Australia
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Norfolk Island, Australia
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"eerie place"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Anyone who is interested in history will love the four museums. We took a couple of guided tours which were very informative and interseting.

Thank Sue C
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Norfolk Island really only has 2 salable commodities - history and scenery and Kingston combines these two in spades. The museum pass is a necessity so you can visit all 4 museums. They are small but offer different exhibits and the buildings themselves are attractions...More

Thank Denise E
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Just sooooo interesting wandering around here. So much history to absorb. No crowds, you can just take your time and soak it all up. I really loved just walking through this historic area but I really felt for those who lived here years ago and...More

Thank TvlBug67
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This area of Norfolk Island is a must do. The history of the area was so well told by our tour driver, John Christian, a descendant of the island's original settlers. An added extra during our visit was the unloading of a supply boat. This...More

Thank muma-travel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did a guided tour of the Kingston Area was were blown away with the History and the harsh conditions that were experienced here. Would definitely recommend a guided tour to get the ful history.

Thank Bob S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once again history draws you to this historic area, it is a harsh history but a lovely location. Enjoyed walking about and taking in the sights.

Thank 397debra
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting on the historical side. Highly recommend that you take a guided tour of this place as you need the story behind all the buildings and their remains. Definitely a must do !!

Thank Cheryl L
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

No trip to Norfolk is complete without at least a day spent in Kingston, the most feared penal colony of the British Empire and the second oldest town in Australia. Even if you don’t visit the museums it’s worth going to imbibe the history and...More

Thank wucie
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

My wife and I needed a few days just to be able to see and digest all the history and goings on in this precinct. Immaculately restored and looked after. Friendly and knowledgeable staff to assist with any questions.

Thank N2412CLchrisw
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

Kingston / Arthur's Vale is a must to visit. If you go on a conducted tour,you will be horrified by the treatment meted out to the prisoners. If you are in Norfolk Island when a cargo ship arrives this will be an added bonus to...More

Thank opa1936
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