Explore Australia’s convict history at the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks.

Learn about the forced transportation of convicts, their daily lives and how they built the colony. Wander the streets of 1820s Sydney on our giant map, try on a set of leg-irons, lie in a convict hammock, look for your relatives on the convict database, and discover the intriguing stories of some of the 50,000 convicts who passed through the barracks doors between 1819 and 1848.

Bring your kids for dress-ups and our convicts Kids' Trail.

Hyde Park Barracks is a World Heritage site.

Ask at the Reception Desk about tours of Convict Sydney
Ask at the Reception Desk about tours of Convict Sydney


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