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The Tench (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site)

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Address: | Corner of Brisbane and Campbell Streets, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 6231 0911
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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. 'No Mercy' convict courtroom drama and ghost tours also available. Open daily, but bookings recommended and essential for theatre and ghost tours.

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A sobering example of our past

The Tench is a must see for anyone interested in history. Our tour guide, Jeff was very informative and welcomed questions. The Tench was a very odd idea of the time where church... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Drysdale, Australia
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Drysdale, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Tench is a must see for anyone interested in history. Our tour guide, Jeff was very informative and welcomed questions. The Tench was a very odd idea of the time where church going and retribution took place in a "one stop shop". I say retribution as opposed to rehabilitation as no person could have survived it for the better.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Tench Tour was just so fantastic, we walked in without expectation but Ben (our tour guide) made the tour unforgettable! So much information was given with all my questions answered. Never a dull moment and very much worth it!! Thankyou Ben for the laughs 😊

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't walk past! Make the time and go on the tour. It was packed with history, so interesting. We visited Tassie for 2 weeks and by far this was the most eye opening experience. My husband was in a work conference so I went by myself, that evening I had to debrief with my husband. I had to share my... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we were booked for 1pm tour and we all waited and waited and waited. and nobody showed to open the doors. so we waited till the 2.30pm tour and waited and waited and waited, and doors remained locked with nobody to be seen. Soooooooooo disappointing.! Especially when one will never be going back there and has completely missed out.

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site is very interesting giving you some understanding what it was like back in the 1800s as a convict.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

He hadn't heard of 'The Tench' before our visit to Hobart, but having done the tour and listened to the history we now realise how important the site is. Everyone has heard of Port Arthur, but this site if more important to the history of Tasmania. We did the ghost tour ( the group was too big to really get... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Affordable tour with knowledgeable guide. lots of history makes this tour worthwhile. Enjoyed the small group size too

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Our guide Paul (and his magnificent and most impressive bunch of old fashioned keys) took us around to look at the old cells, courthouses, and the actual place where they did the hanging. The anecdotes Paul told us about the noose were quite morbid but informative, and raised the most number of questions. (I won't tell you what they were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

I learned so much about Australian history from Danny.....great experience and would definitely recommend!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Went and booked without much expectation but it was a lot more informative and deep (both intellectually and physically) then I've ever expected.

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