The Hyde Park Barracks has a fascinating history having served numerous roles since opening in 1819. Located at adjacent to the northeast corner of Hyde Park this historical building was ironically designed by a convict for convicts.
In 1848 there was a huge need for women to be brought into the Colony due to a population imbalance and the need for more workers, servants and mothers. Due to this demand, Hyde Park Barracks became the processing centre for 1000s of immigrating women and even many children. In 1862 wards were added to the top floor for women with no means to support themselves.
In 1887 the Barracks were renamed Chancery Square and converted to Government offices and courtrooms where, over the years, thousands of public service employees worked out of cramped and run down offices.
Finally, in the late 1970s the Hyde Park Barracks were cleaned up and converted to a museum about their own amazing history - well worth the nominal cost of admission. If you are hungry before or after your visit, you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch in the elegant Hyde Park Barracks Cafe.
Facts For Your Visit
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address: Queens Square, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone: (02) 8239 2311
Official Website: Hyde Park Barracks
|Train Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Light Rail||Capitol Square||10 minutes|
|T2 or T3||St. James||1 minute|
How to get to Hyde Park Barracks by Train
By Light Rail: Exit at Capital Square and proceed east on Hay Street then left (north) on Elizabeth Street to the park. Angle northeast into the park and up the centre past the fountain to the northern end and cross Prince Albert Road.
By Train: Take a T2 or T3 to James Station and walk north across Prince Albert Road.
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Ratedout of 5
The tour guide was extremely well informed about convicts and Australian history. He made the tour very interesting. I definitely learnt a lot and enjoyed my time here. There are lots of stairs and so it might be tough for some people (people with prams or disabilities and the such) to visit this place. However, it is recommended.
M S - 19 days ago
Loved visiting this place. Takes you back in time. They have a kids activity sheet which was great fun to do by finding the "rats" and completing the activity. The kid learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing it. We will be back to visit again soon
Andi B - 21 days ago
Well set out with stuff to look at, things to read and bits for kids. An excellent insight into its various uses. Found a story of one as sister passage immigrant who had come to Australia the year before our relatives but on the same boat.
Tim Green - 1 month ago
Amazing museum. Highly recommend the 2pm guided tour, it tells you a lot about the stories behind the architectural work behind. I really enjoyed it. 20% of the Australian population is said to have convict ancestors from England and Ireland. You can even search your family history in the museum’s convict database! It is good to see that the country has now come to treat its history with pride and value the architectural legacy that recorded its past.
Cheng Guo - 2 months ago
Lots to read and see. Some great interactive digital screens and exhibits which adds interest for school aged students. 11 rooms across 3 levels accessed by stairs; therefore not suitable for prams or wheelchairs. Pack some snacks and water in a backpack to have outside in the sunny yard on a bench under the shade of the trees; it was a nice way to end our visit and absorb the atmosphere of the buildings and imagine life as a convict.
Irene Hill - 2 months ago