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The Fremantle Round House

Captains Lane, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
+61 8 9336 6897
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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 Round House is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm daily (except for Christmas Day and Good Friday). The cannon is fired (weather permitting) at 1.00pm every day on the Gun Deck and we welcome visitors applying to be the Honorary Gunner for the day.
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Captains Lane, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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"oldest building"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Round House is full of historical facts, photos, information and amazing architecture. Life would had been harsh in this former Gaol. Beautiful views over Fremantle.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Round House was built in 1830, which makes it the oldest building in Western Australia. It was a prison for many years and its eventful history is related on boards inside the building as well by as a couple of enthusiastic volunteers who were...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice place to visit. I have learn things from Perth that I did not know. Good place to touch up your history.

Thank Herman7409
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hmmm. It looks like a fort, sounds like a fort and smells like a fort. This structure, the oldest building for 3000km in any direction, was the very first built in a nervous, British military controlled, free settlement. On a high limestone headland it overlooks...More

Thank I H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is great to go to when you first arrive. It gives great context and the history of WA. When you reach the top you get a gorgeous view of the coastline and area. Recently an artist had painted a 2D painting along one...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there around the time that the time ball and the cannon were activated. Great experience and knowledgeable staff.More

Thank Peter M
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Round_House_Freo, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Round House, and learned some local history from our volunteer guides. Our daily 1pm cannon firing ceremony is certainly not to be missed and it's great to hear you enjoyed it! We appreciate your feedback...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting old round building dating back to the colonial past. Climb the stairs up to the Round House and look back towards the old buildings. "The Great Fremantle Circles of Art" can be seen from the Round house. These are circles painted onto the...More

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Round_House_Freo, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Round House, and the surrounding views. The temporary artwork of the yellow lines by Felice Varini is currently being taken down, so you got to it just in time! We think it was a really...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After climbing the stairs to the top you have a great view of Fremantle and the coastline surrounding the Round House. A small prison built during colonial times housed prisoners with various degrees of crimes committed against society. Your daily bread, in addition salted meat...More

Thank Britt B
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Round_House_Freo, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Round House, and learned some local history from our volunteer guides. We appreciate your feedback and will pass on the comments to our dedicated volunteer heritage guides. It's lovely to hear how much our guides...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not a spectacular site, but it contains a fascinating insight into WA's early colonial past. The volunteer guides are helpful and informative and the site also provides some good streetscapes surrounding the areaMore

Thank Wangary
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Round_House_Freo, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Round House, and learned some local history from our volunteer guides. We appreciate your feedback and will pass on the comments to our dedicated volunteer heritage guides. Thank you for taking the time to write...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Of course in Australia you can't talk about VERY old building , like the one in Europe, but this is an Heritage where youc an really breath the colony mood.More

Thank stefano v
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Round_House_Freo, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Round House, and learned some local history from our volunteer guides. Built in 1831, the Round House is the oldest public building in Western Australia! A recent colonisation but an interesting history nonetheless. Thank you...More

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Britt B
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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
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