Hobart Convict Penitentiary Chapel

Underground Tunnels. Chapel. Solitary Cells. Gallows.

Uncover the hidden secrets of this internationally significant convict site – located right in the heart of Hobart CBD!

Tales of crime and punishment abound at the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site; all that remains of the 2-acre sprawl that was the Hobart Prison Barracks – the processing center for male convicts who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land from 1821.


Built by Colonial Architect John Lee Archer in 1830-1834 as an extension to this bleak complex, the Chapel’s design included thirty-six solitary confinement cells beneath the chapel floor.


Ten years later when convict transportation ceased, the barracks became the Hobart Gaol (pronounced Jail), and two wings of the Chapel were refitted as the Supreme and Magistrates Court – connected to the Gaol by grim underground tunnels.


Today access to this significant convict site is strictly by guided tour only; visiting the courts, chapel, tunnels, solitary cells and the gallows, which moved to the site in 1857.
The tour also includes a screening of the film Pandemonium, located in the chapel itself.

Tours last approximately 90 minutes. For bookings and tour times – please see below:


The Penitentiary is also available for private bookings and school tours  – please contact us for more information.


Terms and Conditions of Entry

Please read and follow the Terms & Conditions of Entry.

Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site tour

This guided tour provides daytime access through the court rooms and tunnels to the chapel, where you will be immersed in the chaos of Convict life in Van Dieman’s Land through the immersive film experience ‘Pandemonium’.

Projected four metres tall onto the walls of the Penitentiary Chapel where the convicts actually sat, the film delivers an experience that drives right to the heart of Tasmania’s dark past, contextually connecting the convict sites around the state, and exploring the journey – from conviction, to transportation and beyond – of our convict ancestors.

This unique and memorable immersive experience is currently available Wednesday to Sunday, via guided tours at 10am, 11:30, 1pm and 2:30.
Summer 2023 – Open some additional cruise ship days – please see our booking page for availability!

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Hobart Convict Penitentiary Ghost Tour

Come and tour the Hobart Convict Penitentiary after dark and hear the stories of those that experienced Heaven and Hell in the Chapel and the solitary cells beneath, those that were sentenced for their crimes in the court rooms, the lives that were ended at the Gallows, and the spirits that remain haunting every wall.

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Paranormal Investigations – Convict Penitentiary

Keep an eye out for some special opportunities. Join us on a 3 hour Paranormal Investigation with a passionate team of investigators in one of the country’s most significant convict sites. Or, if a Paranormal Investigation isn’t enough, our special Paranormal Lockdown events are sure to satisfy even the most ardent ghost hunter.

If you are interested please contact us at oldhobartgaoltours@gmail.com 

Or to see the next scheduled Paranormal Investigation –



Hobart Convict Penitentiary Chapel


6 Brisbane St / Cnr Brisbane & Campbell
Hobart 7000 TAS


Access to the site by guided tour only:
Tour Times - Wednesday - Sunday: 10am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2:30pm.

Summer 2023 - Open some additional cruise ship days - please see our booking page for availability!

Bookings are strongly recommended (see link below).


Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day & Good Friday

For general enquiries (03) 6231 0911
Entry Fees:

$35 adults | $30 concession | $20 children | $90 family (2 adults+3 children) | $10 National Trust Members
For Ghost Tours and Paranormal Investigation fees and info please visit our booking page (link below)

What we offer:

"Fantastic guides with loads of historical information. You cannot imagine what lies within this building."

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Ghost Tours, and the world-class multi-sensory film experience guided tour 'Pandemonium'!

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Schools Program

Exclusive one hour guided tours are available for students from Grade 3 - 12 through the courtrooms, tunnels, chapel, cells and gallows (optional).

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Venue Hire

“Whitelion’s signature event the Bail Out has been held at the Tench for three years running. The Tench is a venue with a difference and comes highly recommended, with outstanding staff and volunteers assisting with all our needs. If you are looking for a unique venue, the Tench is the place to be!”

Barb Walters – Assistant State Manager, Whitelion

View 'Bail Out' in action at the Hobart Convict Penitentiary

Pandemonium - The Convict Film Experience

Immerse yourself in the chaos of convict life in Van Diemen’s Land through the world-class multisensory film experience ‘Pandemonium’, screened at the Hobart Convict Penitentiary.

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