Richmond Gaol central courtyard, tree in foreground, historic buildings behind
The courtyard of Richmond Gaol Historic Site (photograph: Joe Shemesh)

Richmond Gaol Historic Site

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​Located in the quaint, historic town of Richmond, and just a 20 minute drive from Hobart, the Richmond Gaol is one of the best preserved convict structures in Tasmania. Visitors to the site are greeted with beautifully intact stone buildings, constructed between 1825 and 1840, using convict labour. Wander through the site and immerse yourself in the fascinating stories of the hundreds of prisoners once housed within these walls.

As well as the prisoners’ cells, visitors can enter the original cook house, holding rooms and flogging yards. Then for a true experience of the isolation of imprisonment, step inside a solitary confinement cell. Self-guided tours can be undertaken daily and can be combined with a visit to the onsite souvenir and craft shop.

A trip to the Richmond Gaol is a must for anyone exploring Hobart and its surrounds and will reward visitors with a captivating journey into the depths of convict history.

Sturdy footwear is recommended as this is a heritage site and contains steps, loose gravel courtyard, uneven floors and narrow doorways. ​