Corner Brisbane and Campbell Streets, Hobart, Tasmania.     Phone: (03) 6231 0911     (Int) +613 6231 0911


Welcome to the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site web site.

Situated on the corner of Brisbane and Campbell Streets in Hobart, Tasmania,  the Penitentiary Chapel was built  in the early 1830's according to the design of Irish born Colonial Architect and Civil Engineer John Lee Archer.

Originally designed as a Chapel for the growing male convict population in  Hobart Town, there was also the inclusion of 36 solitary confinement punishment cells, unlit and poorly ventilated, constructed beneath the Chapel floor. The Chapel served the adjoining Prisoners Barracks or Penitentiary which was called the Tench by the Convicts The site later became the Hobart Gaol.

In late 1859 the Nave and Eastern Transept of the Chapel were converted into two Supreme Criminal Courts. The western transept remained to become a Gaol Chapel with an Execution Yard and Gallows attached.

Today the Penitentiary Chapel Historic Site remains a fascinating insight into Colonial Tasmania. A beautiful 1834 tower with the two Courtrooms remaining virtually unchanged for over 150 years, and the Gaol Chapel restored to display John Lee Archer's original design.

Come along and organise a visit today and participate in one of our guided tours. 

* Check Day Tours for guided tour times and details *


View the Amazing Tasmanian Geographic Photospheres of our Site


As seen world wide on Ghost Hunters International

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See Events page for scenes of  The First Fagin filmed in our Historic Site

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The latest brilliant novel by Christopher Koch (twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award) is partly enacted  in our Historic Supreme Courtroom