The Tench Daytime Tour

The Tench Daytime Tour
  • Duration : 90 Minutes
  • Location: Hobart, TAS
AUD $15.00

This guided tour provides daytime access through the courts and tunnels to the chapel, cells and gallows of one of Australia’s most significant convict precincts. 

Immerse yourself in an incredible place of Tasmanian criminal history, that's only a short walk or Red Decker bus ride from Hobart CBD (Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site stop).

The Tench, as it was known by its inhabitants, was the convict prisoners' barracks for Hobart Town. It originally spanned over two acres, and some 50,000 male convicts passed through the complex. Following the cessation of convict transportation, the site became Hobart Gaol for more than 100 years. Sections of the chapel were converted into two Supreme Courts connected by tunnels to the gaol. An execution yard and gallows were added. This fascinating history can still be discovered in the buildings that remain - a captivating insight into over 175 years of Hobart’s shadier past. 


Monday, Tuesday - Thursday Friday: 10:00am 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm
Saturday/Sunday: 1:00pm, 2:30pm
Closed Wednesdays

Tour length: 90 minutes

Whilst we endeavour to ensure that all tours are running as above, we may at times have to close off certain tours due to Volunteer availability. We do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Please check calendar for current availabilities 

We are also available for specialised group bookings, school tours, and venue hire.
Contact us on (03) 6231 0911 or email


  • Child price is for age 7 to 16. Age 6 and under free. 
  • Free parking is available to visitors and can be found on Brisbane St
  • Disabled access very limited due to historic nature of building including narrow steps to tunnels and uneven floors.
  • Refunds will only be provided if the tour doesn't go ahead. We will try to accommodate change of date and time whenever possible.