The Fremantle Round House, Fremantle

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Given the country's history as a penal colony, it might not surprise you that Western Australia's oldest public building is a former prison. Built in 1830, the rotund white-brick The Fremantle Round House originally housed convicted prisoners before becoming a police lockup. The chief constable and his family began to occupy the building in 1900. Today, you can tour the seaside building and ask knowledgeable volunteer guides questions. Head to the upper deck for scenic views of the Fremont coast and offshore islands. To visit The Fremantle Round House and get the most from your holiday in Fremantle, create itinerary details personal to you using our Fremantle trip planner.
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  • Worth having a walk around the Round house as part of a walking tour around the foreshore around Freemantle. We went prior to covid early in the morning, so it wasnt as hot or as busy. As with all...  more »
  • The round house is one of the many historical buildings and points of interest in Fremantle. It usually houses an art gallery but was currently closed when I visited due to Covid-19. It was still...  more »
  • An historic structure ... the oldest building that still stands in WA.Its Gaol cells are testimony to a dark past. The museum's volunteer guides are knowledgeable and add interest to any visit. Good views of the harbour and park benches alongside. Photographic art gallery next door. An excellent cafe is 50m from the museum.
  • A really interesting place to visit. A lot of information boards to tell you the stories. There's great views from the lookout out the front too.

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