Hobart Penitentiary & Chapel

Cnr Brisbane & Campbell Streets, Hobart

Architect: John Lee Archer ( 1831–59)

Offering a fascinating insight into Colonial Tasmania, this historic site retains a beautiful 1834 tower with courtrooms, virtually unchanged for more than 150 years, and the Hobart Gaol chapel restored to architect John Lee Archer’s original 1830s design. Guided tours on the Saturday will be led by academic and expert on convict life in Australia, Dr Hamish Maxwell-Stewart.

While you’re there have a look at the Convict Memorial, A Digital Sculpture.

Highlights: Clock tower, Courtroom, Underground tunnels , Chapel, Solitary confinement cells, Refectory cells, Deputy gaolers house and the Gallows.

General Open: Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 1 pm

Guided Tours: Saturday: 10 am and 11.30 am (Please arrive 10min prior to  tour, as tours will depart sharply).




Building Types


Intact Interior

Place of Worship


Architectural Period

Pre-separation Colonial (1836-1850)



History of Hobart


Level Changes

Uneven Surfaces

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