Immerse yourself in an incredible place of Tasmanian criminal history, that’s only a short walk or Red Decker bus ride from Hobart CBD (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site stop).
The Hobart Convict Penitentiary was the convict prisoners’ barracks for Hobart Town. It originally spanned over two acres, and some 40,000 male convicts passed through the complex. Following the cessation of convict transportation, the site became Hobart Gaol for more than 100 years. Sections of the chapel were converted into two Supreme Courts connected by tunnels to the gaol. An execution yard and gallows were added.
This fascinating history can still be discovered in the buildings that remain – a captivating insight into over 175 years of Hobart’s shadier past.
Access to the site is by guided tour or events only.
These include Ghost Tours, and Pandemonium – ‘The Convict Film Experience’ There is also a National Trust gift shop on site.
Open every day except public holidays (access by guided tour or event only, book online).
Basic Carpark Cultural and Theme Tours Disabled access available Evening Half Day or Less History & Heritage National Trust Non Smoking Public Toilet Sightseeing Tours
From $20 to $75
Come tour the Hobart Convict Penitentiary after dark and hear the stories of those that experienced Heaven and Hell in the Chapel and the solitary cells beneath, those that were sentenced for their crimes in the court rooms, the lives that were ended at the Gallows, and the spirits that remain haunting every wall.Carpark Non Smoking Public Toilet
Immerse yourself in the chaos of Convict life in Van Dieman’s Land through the world-class multisensory film experience ‘Pandemonium’, screened at the Hobart Convict Penitentiary.
Hear the stories, feel the emotions, and walk the footsteps of the wretched souls who passed through here.
The Hobart Convict Penitentiary, was the dark heart of the convict system in Tasmania.
Behind the high, imposing walls, over 40,000 men ate, prayed, slept and were punished.
‘Pandemonium – The Convict Film Experience’ is an immersive audio-visual experience projected four metres tall onto the walls within the original Penitentiary Chapel where the convicts actually sat.
The film contextually connects the convict sites around the state, and explores the journey – from conviction, to transportation and beyond – of our convict ancestors.