Runnymede
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
This beautifully preserved 19th-century whaling captain's elegant homestead is just 8 minutes' drive from the Hobart CBD (en route to MONA). 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. Closed July and August for House cleaning and Maintenance.
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  • Michael P
    Canberra, Australia118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Elegant and origjnal
    I enjoyed a 75-minute 1-to-1 personalised tour of this elegant Georgian mansion. Presentation is superb, although the garden is much attenuated from its original extent. Effort and expense have been put into showing the house in its halcyon era during the whaling boom.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Daydream44832470856
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Property
    This beautiful house is only a small taxi ride from the city centre of Hobart. It is definitely worth the effort. You will be charmed by the grounds and then blown away by the interior of the house. Well done to the National Trust for the truly beautiful and accurate presentation of the house.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
  • Aussievisitor_10
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Regency Gem in Hobart
    This is a beautiful Regency villa in a stunning garden which was full of flowers when I visited including a couple of divine-smelling lilac trees. The tour is fascinating and the volunteers' love for the house illuminates every word of the tour. There's some spectacular colonial furniture and some extremely elegant rooms to enjoy. Only 3 families lived in the house until it was sold to the National Trust in the 1960s so there's a lot of wonderful family history to discover as well. If you'd like a good introduction to colonial Hobart, this is a great place to start.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 October 2023
  • EzzyA
    Hatfield, United Kingdom196 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful piece of old Hobart.
    The area at first appeared to be just an average Hobart suburb, but on leaving the entrance gates you approach it Runnymede up a driveway and are transported into a 19th century world; beautiful gardens surrounding a small, one-storied house. The guide was very informative and brought the house and its inhabitants alive. Well worth visiting if you're interested in history.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Happy Traveller
    Hobart, Australia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique piece of Australian history
    Had a wonderful tour of a unique property. Amazing history well told. Fresh scones with tea completed a delightful tour. Enjoyed the beautiful gardens with a range of plants. Worth the short ride from the CBD
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 October 2023
  • John S
    Sydney, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Runnymede is a hidden gem on the Hobart tourist trail and is well worth a visit.
    We had a great visit and guided tour of Runnymede. The building has an amazing history and is beautifully preserved and managed. There are many original pieces of furniture, pictures and furnishings that add to the experience. The gardens are also amazing and just add to the whole experience. You get a good insight into the highs and lows of daily life in Hobart in its early days. Our tour guide was also fantastic and answered all my questions about various pieces of furniture and kitchenware.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 January 2024
  • Patricia C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see homestead!
    Our tour of Runnymede was exceptional. Not least because of the knowledgeable guide, Jillian, who brought the 3 families to life, in this historic homestead. A must see for anybody who has the faintest interest in historic homes of Australia.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 January 2024
  • Giulia O
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical Gem with Enchanting Gardens: A Must-Experience Tour at Runnymede Heritage House
    Absolutely thrilled with the tour led by Mary at Runnymede Heritage House in Hobart! The collection of furniture was outstanding, well-maintained, and authentically preserved. Mary's passion for the history of the house truly brought it to life. The beautiful garden was an extra treat, adding to the overall charm of the experience. A must-visit for history and heritage enthusiasts!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 January 2024
  • Go42191337836
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A colononial era house frozen in time!
    The staff at Runnymede are amazing - so friendly and knowledgeable! I have done the house tour here on two separate occasions and both times we were the only two on the tour which meant we had the tour guide to ourselves and we’re able to ask heaps of questions and had time to explore all of the amazing original furniture, decorations, art works, tools and gadgets. Loved the experience and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get a glimpse of what life was like for the well-to- do in the new colony.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 February 2024
  • Ian S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating history
    The tour of this wonderful house by Heather was fascinating. Heather has the most incredible knowledge of the history of the families who lived there and the whole tour was enthralling. It is a definate must-see for anyone visiting Hobart as an interesting counterpoint to the various convict sites.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 February 2024
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Ian S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The tour of this wonderful house by Heather was fascinating. Heather has the most incredible knowledge of the history of the families who lived there and the whole tour was enthralling. It is a definate must-see for anyone visiting Hobart as an interesting counterpoint to the various convict sites.
Written 13 February 2024
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Go42191337836
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The staff at Runnymede are amazing - so friendly and knowledgeable! I have done the house tour here on two separate occasions and both times we were the only two on the tour which meant we had the tour guide to ourselves and we’re able to ask heaps of questions and had time to explore all of the amazing original furniture, decorations, art works, tools and gadgets. Loved the experience and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get a glimpse of what life was like for the well-to- do in the new colony.
Written 11 February 2024
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Giulia O
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Absolutely thrilled with the tour led by Mary at Runnymede Heritage House in Hobart! The collection of furniture was outstanding, well-maintained, and authentically preserved. Mary's passion for the history of the house truly brought it to life. The beautiful garden was an extra treat, adding to the overall charm of the experience. A must-visit for history and heritage enthusiasts!
Written 28 January 2024
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Adele F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We were given a brilliant tour. We had a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. We were given a glimpse of Tasmanian history and a detailed history of the house and its occupants.
Written 26 January 2024
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Patricia C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Our tour of Runnymede was exceptional. Not least because of the knowledgeable guide, Jillian, who brought the 3 families to life, in this historic homestead. A must see for anybody who has the faintest interest in historic homes of Australia.
Written 26 January 2024
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John S
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had a great visit and guided tour of Runnymede. The building has an amazing history and is beautifully preserved and managed. There are many original pieces of furniture, pictures and furnishings that add to the experience. The gardens are also amazing and just add to the whole experience. You get a good insight into the highs and lows of daily life in Hobart in its early days. Our tour guide was also fantastic and answered all my questions about various pieces of furniture and kitchenware.
Written 16 January 2024
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Di C
Melbourne, Australia44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Great guide. Interesting history with original artefacts from multiple generations
Hard to believe this was a sea side villa
Whaling history fascinating and sad
Written 4 January 2024
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Global62558581276
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Excellent place to visit. The guide was so knowledgeable and we were fascinated with the history of the family’s that lived there. Will be doing more research if we can. An hour isn’t long enough.
Written 15 December 2023
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swill101
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The house was amazing to see and our tore guide brought it to life with the stories of the families that lived there. Well worth the visit.
Written 3 December 2023
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ozzie5melbourne
Melbourne475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We loved our time at Runnymede. Our guide was highly informative and we were astonished at the amount of original furniture still in the house from the 1850’s. Highly recommended.
Written 2 December 2023
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