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“Small attraction but informative”

The Fremantle Round House
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Ranked #7 of 77 things to do in Fremantle
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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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“Small attraction but informative”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

I like it that there isn't much walking as the roundhouse is not a big place. Information are all displayed in what used to be cells. Outside the cells are also interesting displays of items like punishment devices and curfew bell.

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“A look at the past”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

We visited here on a walk-about-around Fremantle. It’s a beautiful spot with great harbour views. The building has historical architecture and once inside there are many cells where the convicts were held. There are volunteers who will explain the history of the Roundhouse. The best is when they light the canon, makes everyone jump. It is worth a visit and a gold coin. There are many other arty shops as well along the street.

Visited April 2014
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“A little gem of colonial history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

One of Fremantle's best kept secrets! Situated at the western end of the High Street, this is WA's oldest public building. Interesting comment on colonial society that a jail would be the first permanent building erected by the free settlers.

A voluntary gold coin donation will not only get you a wealth of information from knowledgeable and friendly volunteer guides but also the opportunity to witness the firing of the 1 o'clock cannon. You might even get to be the honorary gunner!

No disabled access and lots of stairs but would hate to have missed this little gem.

Local information and directions in abundance plus informative stories about the history of the settlement recounted with humour. Our guide Cheryl even took photos of us in the stocks (on her phone as we had left our camera in the car) and emailed them to us last night. She epitomised the attitude of the wonderful Western Australians we met on our impromptu and quick visit to your wonderful state.

Visited July 2014
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“Great piece of history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

Only got wind of this after visiting Fremantle Prison. Again, as I learnt, wonderful history. Amazing spot view wise. Moreover, the loveliest and friendliest, helpful guides. One does not need to spend a great deal of time here (do this and then wander down to Shipwreck Museum, works a treat). Think that we all need to spend a little more time learning our history, the conditions that both convicts and their officers worked in with some amazing results. Not far from Freo station. (Hah, have the local lingo, already!). Fascinating, and for those interested in convict built structures, this is a classic. Highly recommended. Whilst there is no fee to visit, it is commended a gold coin donation (the least that one can do).

Visited July 2014
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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

This was an interesting building and has a fascinating history. The volunteers who work here are very knowledgeable and friendly.

Visited July 2014
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