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61 Bay Rd | New Town, Hobart, Tasmania 7008, Australia
+61 3 6278 1269
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Awesome historical house

The house and adjacent buildings are authentically restored. The house is avreal glimpse of an era... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sydney, Australia
via mobile
Interesting historical house

The property was really interesting and we were very lucky to have a volunteer guide show us around... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2017
Melbourne, Australia
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This beautifully preserved 19th-century whaling captain's elegant homestead is just 8 minutes' drive from the Hobart CBD (en route to MONA). Now dedicated to marine conservation, the house has a rich collection of artefacts related to the maritime interests of Captain Charles Bayley and his family, who made it their home for over 100 years. There are also historic artworks and possessions of the previous owner Bishop Francis Nixon, Tasmania's first Anglican bishop. The house was built around 1840 for Robert Pitcairn, one of the first lawyers admitted to the Supreme Court in Van Diemen's Land colony and a leading campaigner against the transportation of convicts from Britain.
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61 Bay Rd | New Town, Hobart, Tasmania 7008, Australia
+61 3 6278 1269
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The house and adjacent buildings are authentically restored. The house is avreal glimpse of an era gone by and had been thouhgtfully furnished and restored. Our guides obviously love the house and its history and proud to talk about it. Definitly one of the best...More

Thank gcn8
Reviewed 19 May 2017

The property was really interesting and we were very lucky to have a volunteer guide show us around and answer all the many questions we had. Not only is the house really interesting but the gardens are also attractive.

Thank raymondwilk
Reviewed 11 May 2017

The gardens were particularly good - lots of original plants and old varieties. The house is shown as a tour - our guide was very informative. There is a lot to see as they have been able to recover many of the things that the...More

Thank fionabk
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

I have noticed in recent years that more of the museums that I visit are filled with artefacts that I remember from my childhood. Runnymede did not disappoint but added much more, with all the phases of its occupation being represented in various parts of...More

Thank Alan1fromOz
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Along with Narryna, Runnymede is a great example of a well preserved historical house and gardens. It is well furnished with period items and the guides were very helpful. The gardens are spectacular. Next time I'll stay for afternoon tea.

Thank Robert V
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Runnymede run high tea in May and November and it's a fantastic outing. Lovely gardens, amazing history and antiques, and lovely high tea with lots of sausage rolls, cucumber sandwiches, home made raspberry jam and cream scones and lots and lots more. All set with...More

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GemmaW97, Manager at Runnymede, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

Delighted , Loretta and her team of volunteers do a wonderful job to provide excellent high teas in an authentic setting, reflecting the heritage values of Runnymede.

Reviewed 4 May 2017

A rambling property with views of the waters of Hobart, the well preserved building and beautiful gardens were one can wander and wonder how this well maintained garden is kept so pristine.

Thank W3557OOpatrickc
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the tour with knowledgeable guides. Fascinating to see how people lived in 1830s Nice Gardens. As a suggestio having tea and scones or light meals in the Garden would be very nice and might attract more people.

Thank mgbaxter
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

On a wet autumn day as I stepped through the front door was like entering the 1800s. Runnymede has a fantastic collection of interesting objects explained very well by the volunteer guide or the information cards in each room. The decor, furniture and objects all...More

1  Thank Tasrod
GemmaW97, General Manager at Runnymede, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2017

We welcome autumn visits as our gardens are at their best and complement the authentic house settings which are largely from the house and its families.

Reviewed 6 April 2017

We greatly enjoyed our tour of Runnymede this morning. Our guide gave us sufficient information, with a humorous undertone, admitting when she didn’t know something, and, refreshingly, did not give us ‘information overload.’ The gardens were spectacular and it was hard to believe that volunteers...More

Thank s3aview
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Pam Y
Parking please?
3 November 2016|
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Response from GemmaW97 | Property representative |
Runnymede has a dedicated parking lot next to the house and you are welcome to park there and come in through the gate.
How do I get there by public transport? What are the opening times?
28 October 2016|
Response from GemmaW97 | Property representative |
Runnymede is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 4pm and on Sunday's from 12 noon to 4 pm.You are welcome to visit during these hours and can have a guided tour as well. If coming by bus from Hobart GPO take bus 560 and ask... More