The Hobart Convict Penitentiary, with a chapel built by esteemed Irish-born architect John Lee Archer in 1831, provides a poignant snapshot of convict life. In 1860, two wings of the Penitentiary were converted into the criminal courts and used through to 1983.
Today, you can join an excellent guided tour of the courtrooms, cells, execution court, and well-preserved little chapel. Better still, if you’re looking for things to do in Hobart at night, sign up for the spooky one-hour evening ghost tour. The excellent guides here bring Hobart’s fascinating convict history to life.