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The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site)

6 Brisbane St | Corner of Brisbane and Campbell Streets, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
+61 3 6231 0911
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The Penitentiary Chapel is currently closed for the month of August for maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience. 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, and for our Ghost Tour. Bookings recommended for Day Tours and essential for Ghost Tour. Please note that access to the site is by Guided Tour Only.
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6 Brisbane St | Corner of Brisbane and Campbell Streets, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
+61 3 6231 0911
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A group of 3 of us (in our 30's) went on the Penitentiary Ghost Tour while visiting Hobart. This is a a great tour for a Friday night activity. It cost $25 each which is really reasonable for a tour of its kind. We went...More

1  Thank Georgina C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our guide, Jeff, led us around on a very informative and amazing tour. He was patient, allowing us to read and explore the site and answer all of our questions, even allowing himself to be photographed along the way. We highly recommend this site for...More

2  Thank JudiLio
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is close to the CBD and has the most extraordinary audiovisual/film event on convicts that is simply quite brilliant. If you have a spare hour or so make sure that you see this.

1  Thank Vandieman111
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Was interesting but could have been done in half the time - the guide was not very engaging, and be aware it was freezing inside - we were warned.

Thank gGeoff-Australia
Reviewed 10 July 2017

...The bastards hadn't torn most of the gaol down when they closed it in the 1960s. My how short sighted people used to be! What remains of the gaol is not even the whole of the chapel. What is left there is lovely. I didn't...More

Thank helgap
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

We did a ghost tour in this place. It was quite good. It was at night, no lights while the guides talked about the history of the place. I did not experience anything unusual though during the tour but the history is so rich and...More

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Our tour guide spoke a lot about himself and not very much about the interesting historical aspects of the penitentiary. With a different tour guide, this could have been an excellent tour. Overall, the penitentiary is a very interesting place and I generally enjoyed my...More

Thank Lesley S
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Did the ghost tour with tony and mickey i believe. Hilarious, fun,creepy,sad amd educational. My partner and i have done ghost tours in a few countries now and this honestly was the best. Might do it again before we head home

1  Thank joshuabwright
Reviewed 27 June 2017

We took the 90 minute tour of the Tench, with Roger and absolutely loved it, if you can use such a verb to describe the horrors of the transportation system. I don't know that I've ever been on quite such an extensive tour of a...More

Thank StuantonTraveler
Reviewed 24 June 2017

We are happy to do these tours when visiting outside our home town so thought we would do ourselves a favour and be a tourist in our own town. Great tour informatively led by our guide Roger. A reality check in that some of the...More

Thank cmsoz
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20 February 2016|
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Response from Susan M | Reviewed this property |
They are the same
18 February 2016|
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Response from Eloise H | Reviewed this property |
I'm so sorry I'm not sure. There are a few prisons I understand in different locations. I have to think the cruise line would offer at least one of the prison tours. Probably best be sure and ask them directly.
4 October 2015|
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Response from Tas_Bex | Property representative |
Yes, The Tench is walking distance from the Cruise Terminal or you can catch the Red Decker Bus (Old Hobart Gaol stop) We are on the corner of Brisbane and Campbell Streets (opposite OfficeWorks). Pls check times of tours on... More