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“House and gardens with a story to tell, really worth your time”
Review of Runnymede

Runnymede
Ranked #7 of 171 things to do in Hobart
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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. Closed July and August for House cleaning and Maintenance.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

New Town, is the area where the House/museum is located, has a good story and worth either the short walk or take an Uber up and a nice walk back.
Bus is available but after we made the twenty min. walk over and had the 11:00 house tour, then the 2:00 Garden tour all the walk back was hard on me. Cafe around the corner [c o r n e r] on then old railroad line was nice to us.

Thank Pepperjackm
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

From the minute you arrive in the fabulous old garden, maintained by wonderful volunteers, to being warmly received by your guide, Runnymede is a delight. This family home is filled with gorgeous antiques and period pieces. Ask about the wallpaper in the dining room. Admire the current collection of antique clothing, the children's toys in the nursery, the embroidery, the scrimshaw, the is something here for everyone

Thank BlueMountainsOzzies
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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Runnymede recently held an exhibition of period dresses from a private collection. We visited with friends from interstate to see the dresses and take our friends on the guided tour. It is well worth checking when they have tours and or afternoon teas, this is a beautifully restored and maintained historic home with a glorious garden, the tour was interesting and well conducted. we were encouraged to wander around after to revisit areas that interested us following the tour. I will return again just to soak in the atmosphere.

Thank Patricia A
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Currently there is an exhibition of ladies clothes covering a reasonable period of history. This is in addition to all of the other interesting historical features of this significant building. There is so much to see and so many interesting and valuable items from the early days of Hobart's colonial era. The scrimshaw was of particular interest for me. Also the old furniture, including an excellent baby's cradle made of huon pine.

Thank Peter B
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

Lovely old property with interesting furniture & decoration.
Excellent guide with a comprehensive knowledge about Runnymede & its occupants who brought the place alive for us.
Pretty garden.

Thank jackytaylor
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