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The Fremantle Round House

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Address: Captains Lane, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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+61 8 9336 6897
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Fremantle Round House is the oldest public building in Western...

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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Nice bit of history if you don't have a lot of time

Visited the Round House when passing through Fremantle. Nice bit of history about Fremantle and the Round House itself for only a Gold coin donation. Ideal if you don't have much... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Drop by for the canon firing moment before lunch and catch a serene view of the surrounding beach. Very interesting history told by the entertaining commentator. There's a whale tunnel just below the house that were used by whalers in the past in transporting their catch to town. Worthwhile to take a look. Thumbs up for a short visit.

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments JohnTay2014 We hope you enjoyed a visit to Western Australia's oldest extant public building - the Fremantle Round House - as well as the 1.00pm cannon firing from the gun deck. We welcome visitors acting as our Honorary Gunner and firing the cannon but recommend advance bookings to avoid disappointment. Just check out our web site... More 

Greater Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazingly located prison/fortress that overlooks Bather's Bay and the port. Almost European and medieval feel to it...staff present to tell intriguing stories.

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Thank you Andrei M for your visit to the Round House and for leaving your review. Although the Round House may look like a fortress it was actually purpose built as a gaol (jail) in 1929 and is the oldest extant public building in Western Australia. As it is 186 years old today, it does give somewhat of a medieval... More 

Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit, good photos and maps/drawing of the old Fremantle as well as giving you an idea of how much harder life was back then.

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Thank you Alavotre for your review. The Round House is a small but perfectly formed example of prison life in the Colonial times. It has a lot of significance in shaping Fremantle for what it is today. It has also just recently turned 186 years old! The Round House is run by a group of very passionate and knowledgeable guides... More 

Perth Western Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to learn about history. But equally, what a lovely place to have a wedding...green green grass.

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Thank you Steven C for you short but sweet review. The Round House is full of history that has helped shape Fremantle today. The Round House was purpose built as a gaol (jail) and is the oldest extant public building in Western Australia. It was constructed by the colonial settlers soon after their arrival in 1829. So it definitely has... More 

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have grown up visiting the Fremantle Roundhouse, my Dad when we were little, used to take us through the tunnel and show us the secret entrance all before it was a tourist attraction and he would describe the beach out front that was always littered with boxes when he was a small boy as there used to be, long... More 

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Thank you very much for you wonderful review Julie R. What a delightful story you have shared with us and you too know the significance the Round House has that has helped shaped Fremantle today. The Round House was purpose built as a gaol (jail) and is the oldest extant public building in Western Australia. And just a small correction,... More 

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fascinating building, manned by volunteers who have interesting tales to tell. As it is not big, it is an ideal place to visit if time is limited.

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments Anne G The saying 'small but perfectly formed' is questionable when referring to a purpose built gaol (jail) but as the oldest extant public building in Western Australia, constructed by the colonial settlers soon after their arrival in 1829 - it has particular significance in our history. Our volunteer Guides are passionate about the building... More 

Ulverstone, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A place in history that is a place one would not have liked to spend any length of time in. Another dark chapter in the history

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments bullfrog9000 Spending any length of time in the Fremantle Round House in those days certainly would not have been by choice. The selection of the high point in the landscape was made to demonstrate domination and authority over the newly established colony by the construction of a gaol (jail). At least most of the Round... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Round House when passing through Fremantle. Nice bit of history about Fremantle and the Round House itself for only a Gold coin donation. Ideal if you don't have much time to spend. Small criticism, the staff who were generally helpful, could of given some more information at the beginning in respect of where to start and order to... More 

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Thank your for your candid comments bs1784 We are glad to read you enjoyed your visit and have taken your criticism on board. We are in the process of obtaining funding to upgrade all our displays following an Interpretative Plan we commissioned. Once those recommendations are implemented, the visitor's experience will 'flow' better (despite the physical limitations of the building)... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great point of call for you history buffs. Fab views of Fremantle as well. Decent displays and a stock to climb in for a photo.

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments 785darrenn As the oldest extant public building in Western Australia purpose built as a gaol (jail) soon after colonial settlement in 1829, it certainly is a great place for a visit if history is your thing. Our volunteer Guides are passionate about the history of the building and the Arthur Head Precinct and are always... More 

Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has amazing views, and the exhibition is small but informative. This place has a very interesting history that is still relevant today in Modern Australia. The history shown was very biased towards white australia and did not reflect the Nyoongar people of the area (or at best, showed very little impact upon them by the people who invaded... More 

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments Merilyn_S_12 Indeed the history contained in the displays almost completely overlooks the Indigenous prisoners who were incarcerated in the Round House. We have undertaken an Interpretative Plan with a view to updating and expanding the historical information and to rectify the omission of Indigenous history. This takes time and money and the Fremantle... More 

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