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The Fremantle Round House

Captains Lane, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
+61 8 9336 6897
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The Fremantle Round House is the oldest public building in Western Australia, purpose built as a gaol (jail) when the Swan River Colony was first settled. Volunteer Guides are available to share the history of the Round House with visitors and the Round House is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm daily (except for Christmas Day and Good Friday). The cannon is fired (weather permitting) at 1.00pm every day on the Gun Deck and we welcome visitors applying to be the Honorary Gunner for the day.
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Captains Lane, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the oldest WA public building. It was used as a prison. Great views from the top. Entrance is by gold coin donation with volunteers giving historical information.

Thank Barbara B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good point to observe the port, sea and beach. Amazing scenery. We strolled from the port to harbour and found this spot. Nice place to take pictures.

Thank Bobby S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Strolling around Freo, we decided to pop in to the Round House (which is in fact an Octagonal House!), and I was pleased that we did. A gold coin donation was appropriate for this bit of history, well presented by a team of enthusiastic staff....More

Thank kissane
Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so glad you popped in kissane. Thank you for your comments. The Round House, staffed by our wonderful volunteer Guides, is the oldest public building in Western Australia and was purpose built as a gaol (jail) soon after the arrival of the colonial...More

Reviewed 13 June 2017

This is an interesting historical building. The volunteers were keen to impart information about this area.More

Thank YLisette
Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2017

We are glad you seemed to enjoy your visit YLisette - thank you for your comments. It is an interesting building - the oldest public building in Western Australia, purpose built as a jail soon after the arrival of the colonial settlers in 1829. Our...More

Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Beautiful views can be seen from behind the round house. Good spot to check out some early history. Gold coin donation only.More

Thank Michos65
Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Wonderful views east over the historic West End of Fremantle Michos65 and even more beautiful - west over Cockburn Sound to Rottnest and Garden Islands. Open to the public 363 days a year from 10.30am to 3.30pm and staffed by our volunteer Guides, you will...More

Reviewed 9 June 2017

We were on our way to the Maritime Museum and came across the Fremantle Round House. The views from on top of the hill are excellent and you can enter the Round House for a gold coin donation. We were very pleased to be greeted...More

Thank Anita T
Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Delighted to read you 'happened upon' the Fremantle Round House and enjoyed your visit Anita T. Ken no doubt told you that the Round House is in fact Western Australia's oldest public building and was purpose built as a gaol (jail) by the colonial settlers...More

Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

A wonderful visit to see about the Australian history and its culture. Amazing to see the views around this location and the beach area. This building is very old and quite interesting to see.More

Thank Gwen W
Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Thank you for your comments Gwen W. We are delighted to read that you enjoyed your visit to Western Australia's oldest remaining public building. It was purpose built as a gaol (jail) by the colonial settlers soon after their arrival in 1829. The history in...More

Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Interesting quick look around the Roundhouse, which served as the earliest jail in Fremantle. The guide (Chris I believe) was very earnest in sharing his knowledge of the place and helping us to take photos. Looking out of the main door, one can see the...More

Thank sheehiant
Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Thank you for your comments sheehiant So glad you found your visit interesting and our volunteer Guides keen to share their knowledge with you. As the oldest public building remaining in Western Australia, that it was a purpose built gaol (jail) says a lot about...More

Reviewed 26 May 2017

What a great place to visit with grandkids in tow. Lots of echoes past and present and a view into the establishments of yesteryear. There are many steps, but worth it.More

Thank Bill S
Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

Lots of echoes past and present today Bill S as we are presenting 'Voices from the Past' today - Saturday 27 May - as part of the Fremantle Heritage Festival. Hear the stories of prisoners and warders who occupied the gaol back in colonial days....More

Reviewed 26 May 2017

An interesting building with nice views. The guides were very helpful and even offered to take photos of us.More

Thank Victor M
Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

Thank you for your comments, particularly those about our Guides Victor M The location of the Round House on the high point in the landscape certainly offers wonderful views east over the historic West End of Fremantle and west over Cockburn Sound to Rottnest and...More

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