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 two courtrooms, virtually unchanged for more than 150 years, and the Hobart Gaol chapel restored to architect John Lee Archer’s original 1830s design. Constructed of brick with stone trim and quoins, the detailed and well-proportioned tower features a pedimented entry diminishing to a corinthian pilastered clocktower.

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

Open: Saturday 12 + Sunday 13 November, 10 am – 1 pm




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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