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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
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+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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An Engaging History Lesson

Take the tour! The 90 minute guided tour was informative and engaging. A great introduction to Hobart and the penal colony history. I'm glad I went early in my time in Hobart as... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Take the tour! The 90 minute guided tour was informative and engaging. A great introduction to Hobart and the penal colony history. I'm glad I went early in my time in Hobart as it provided iOS context for things I saw later. Don't miss the tunnels!

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Keynsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Extremely interesting tour, led by Danny our knowledgable guide, who imparted the grim atmosphere with feeling. It made us appreciate the terrible conditions the inmates had to endure. The site is still undergoing restoration but is well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I did The Tench ghost tour recently and it was fantastic! Our guide Tony had such a fantastic personality and kept us all captivated for the entire tour. He is a fountain of knowledge and you can tell he absolutely loves what he does which makes all the difference on a tour like this. Yes the size... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Tench is well worth a visit, delve in to Tasmania's dark past. Let's face it we all want to know. The last vestige of arguably one of Australia's nastiest prisons from an era happily long gone. The walls seep sadness, and the stories will jolt your heart. (If not, maybe you should have been on staff back in the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Did the tour in December. The site is only a small fraction of the original site so many of the interesting places are no longer extant. The tour guide (Tony) was knowledgable but also quite odd and seemed to delight in making some fun of people who didn't enjoy confined spaces, the darkness, sceptics etc. Mainly just not very interesting,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Tench was the last stop of our convict trail during our stay in Hobart. We did not really know much about the sight, but were very impressed with the tour and facilities available here. Our tour guide, Jeff, was exceptionally knowledgeable. He had lots of entertaining stories to tell us along the way, and really humanised the experience. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Do need to book in advance as per previous reviews. Small numbers, interesting, walk was too long, not rushed so everyone had time to enjoy the cells and ask questions. Would recommend if you are interested in History and enjoy night tours. Husband disappointed he wasn't tapped on shoulder by ghost!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You need to book in advance for this tour. It is worth it though. It does take a few hours so be prepared. The guides are very knowledgeable. It's great to get an understanding of the background of the convicts as this story is very different to that of Port Arthur.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a truly fascinating and informative look back in time to Tasmania's past this was. I'd have to describe the 90 minute tour as the highlight of my Sunday off in Hobart (I am in Tasmania on business). The tour leader Danny took time to answer questions but there weren't all that many because he was so knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tour guide Paul was atrocious. Very boring and very slow, tour could have been completed in half the time.

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