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The Fremantle Round House

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Address: Captains Lane, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160, Australia
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+61 8 9336 6897
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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The Fremantle Round House is the oldest public building in Western...

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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Superb views

Nice spot to go to and get a good view. Beautiful outlook and plenty of space for the kids to run around too. Would return again

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 April 2016
Mitch B
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Brisbane, Australia
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

This original stone building stands high above the street level over looking the Ocean. It has a number of display boards tho' I did think it could be and should be better done, perhaps an actor in appropriate dress? The surrounding buildings do hold some lovely local art so YES please visit.

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Roundhouse F, VOLUNTEER guide at the Round House Fremantle at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Thanks John, we agree it is great view isn't it? (see previous comment) - and we are working on updating those display boards which do take the full brunt of their exposed location and need regular replacement. Keep those donations coming! Also thanks for including our neighbouring artists studios in your great feedback. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

Nice spot to go to and get a good view. Beautiful outlook and plenty of space for the kids to run around too. Would return again

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Roundhouse F, Fremantle Round House Heritage Guide at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

It is great view isn't it - as a Guide we always comment on how we love coming to work -the walk up to the Round House from our Cottage Headquarters takes in the view from the remaining headland west of the Round House over out over Cockburn Sound taking in Rottnest to Garden Islands. Thanks for visiting and sharing! More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

Nice views from the Round House; best as a stopping point if youre having a walk around the whole of Freo as there isnt much to do. Just a 5 minute walk around.

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Not only nice views Shelly but a fascinating insight into the colonial history of the Swan River Colony. The Fremantle Round House was purpose-built as a gaol (jail) by the colonial settlers not long after they arrived in 1829. The building was completed in 1831 and comprised 8 cells in total. When the first of the transported convicts arrived in... More 

Greater Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

The Round House is definitely worth a look if you're in Fremantle. There is so much history here and the view is great too!!

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your comments Gaye :-) The views certainly are great - both east across the West End of Fremantle and west across Cockburn Sound to Garden and Rottnest Islands. Great photo opportunities. The cannon firing at 1.00pm each day (weather permitting) is also great fun with visitors being given the opportunity to act as the Honorary Gunner... More 

Hastings, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

On the way to Bathers Beach I climbed up to this building out of curiosity & was glad I did although a very hot day. It was built in 1831 to serve as the original Gaol here & only appears round, it is actually 12 sided & built of carved stone. Volunteer guides are available to ask questions of. Gold... More 

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

SPYC we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit despite the climb! There are easier ways to get to the Round House - up Captains Lane in front of the old pilots' cottages - now photographic galleries and studios. As the oldest remaining public building in Western Australia, when the colonists selected the high point in the landscape they appear... More 

Margate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

Once a prison, the Roundhouse has great voluntary guides to tell the history of this unique relic, as well as static displays. A cannon is fired here regularly.

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments Royden. Our volunteer Guides, whom you obviously enjoyed talking with, are always happy to share their wealth of knowledge about the Round House and other places of interest in Fremantle with visitors. The Fremantle Round House was purpose built as a gaol (jail) and opened in 1831 - two years after the Swan River Colony... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Not big but essential to the history of this area - the first permanent building, built as a prison! Real interesting and good views from the top

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Judith - thank you for your comments. The eight cells in the Fremantle Round House (of which only four remain) were designed to 'accommodate' two occupants - in an emergency four - but the records shows that on occasions there were six people in a cell! As the oldest public building in Western Australia, the Round House was purpose built... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

An interesting part of early European settlement in WA. Built in 1831 from local limestone blocka as a prison for troublemakers. Now a museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Built from local limestone block in 1831 as a prison for miscreants - not convicts as they did not arrive until 1850"s. It is an attractive building now used as a museum that has great views of the beaches and harbour. Worth a visit!

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Some feel 'Round House' is easier to say than dodecagon or dodecahedron Whitehavengirl43 but it does look 'Round' from a distance ;-) Thanks for your comments and glad you enjoyed your visit. The views from the gundeck over Cockburn Sound to Garden and Rottnest Islands are spectacular and the views to the east over the City of Fremantle offer really... More 

Sungai Petani, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

The thing that fascinated me most at the main entrance was the two contrasting colors: one of the BLUE sky, and the other belongs to the GREEN grass. Many visitors just sat on the green carpet and enjoyed the sea breeze while watching some activities going on in the open sea. The Round House provides some rather interesting exhibits and... More 

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Roundhouse F, Manager at The Fremantle Round House, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments hengkowkeakh. Delighted to read you enjoyed your visit. Arthur Head on which the Fremantle Roundhouse is situated is certainly replete with contrasts! From the harsh environment of the 'occupants' of the oldest public building in Western Australia, purpose built as a gaol (jail), to the galleries and art studios occupied by artisans of... More 

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