Things to Look for in Richmond
History of Richmond
Originally on the main road to Port Arthur, Richmond developed through the first half of the 1800’s. It even had its own Convict Gaol (jail). When the causeways between Hobart and Sorell were built in 1872, the town was bypassed and has become a well-preserved example of an 1800’s colonial village. Most of the original sandstone buildings have been preserved and renovated.
The Richmond Bridge was completed in 1825 as part of the main road to Port Arthur. It is the oldest bridge still in use in Australia and a popular tourist attraction. Walk down beside the Coal River, feed the ducks and feel the history.
The restored Richmond Gaol was a holding place for convicts as they were being transported from Hobart to Port Arthur in the mid 1800’s. It has been beautifully restored. Get yourself locked in the solitary confinement cell and see just how dark it can get. Learn about some of the inmates, including the infamous Ikey Solomon, who was supposedly the inspiration for the Oliver Twist character Fagin.
Hotels in Richmond
Here is your chance to stay in a restored colonial cottage in the heart of a restored Historic Colonial Village. Experience life as it was in the 1800’s, but with all modern amenities. As Richmond is located so close to Hobart, you can also easily return to the city if you already have accommodations booked there.
Richmond Arms Hotel
On the main street of Richmond stands the Richmond Arms Hotel. Drop in for a drink or a counter meal.
St. John’s Catholic Church
St. John’s Roman Catholic Church is also Australia’s oldest surviving Catholic church building. Much of the timber in the church’s cool peaceful interior was harvested by convicts on the Tasman Peninsula, near Port Arthur. Look for it across the Coal River, just near the Richmond Bridge.
Old Hobart Town Model Village
This recreation of old Hobart Town as it was in the 1800’s is well worth a visit. Get a feel for history in miniature.