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The Fremantle Round House

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The Fremantle Round House is the oldest public building in Western Australia, purpose built as a gaol (jail) when the Swan River Colony was first settled. Volunteer Guides are available to share the history of the Round House with visitors and the...more
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Captains Lane, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This building was erected by convicts for convicts, Fremantle’s first jail. It’s been very well restored. The volunteer guides are great, helpful and informative. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lukajoreb
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Fremantle Roundhouse is one of Australia's oldest building that is still standing. Constructed way way back in the mid 1800s, it was used a prison for convicts. The place has preserved and now has been turned into a museum. But go there for the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 253SA
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Round House was closed by the time we get there. However, we were able to enjoy the breathtaking sunset sea view from the top of the Round House.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jiunny
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited briefly and found the site interesting. The volunteers added to the experience with their anecdotes and friendly approach. Will have to come back for a closer look when we have more time as we were on a tight schedule. Surrounding area was interesting...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Heather C
Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to the Round House is a must when visiting Fremantle. This was the first gaol built in W.A and opened in 1831. It is the oldest building still standing in W.A. All the cells are built into the outer walls leaving a central...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Graham J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The round house was the first prison but as such they cannot have been expecting a lot of clients. Only about 4 cells and a central walking area. Interesting though, but it closes at 3.30. We made it but many arrived late.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Coylum
Reviewed 1 week ago

Came across this whilst out for a walk, quite an interesting history. It was very busy as there was a large school party there & it's fairly compact.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank PJ777
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a fine weather day and the scenery was beautiful. Some climbing up the stairs but reckon manageable for elderly. Worth visiting.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank johniel2018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited and found the local guides were a trove of information and were so welcoming. They were great with the children there with explaining the cannons, ringing the bells and so on. We were surprised to learn that convicts were never housed in the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank graemem548
Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed reading all the boards regarding the history here. Was placed in the stocks for a while! Very informative and friendly staff Just a gold coin donation.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Britt B
24 June 2018|
Response from Round_House_Freo | Property representative |
Hi Britt, The only UNESCO Heritage Site in Fremantle is the Fremantle Prison, which we can highly recommend! The Fremantle Round House is the oldest public building in Western Australia, purpose built as a gaol in 1831. The... More