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Address: 61 Bay Rd | New Town, Hobart, Tasmania 7008, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 6278 1269
10:00 - 16:30
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Sun 12:00 - 16:30
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

This beautifully preserved 19th-century whaling captain's elegant homestead...

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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Best colonial house in the south.

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hobart, Australia
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Hobart, Australia
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51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 seem to belong together. The charming gardens are a great place to relax for a... More 

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GemmaW97, General Manager at Runnymede, responded to this review

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. More 

St Peter Port, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 could achieve such amazing results by offering their services just one day a week. Thank... More 

Thank s3aview
Melbourne, Australia
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69 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Were able to wander around this 1840's home although guides were available. Lots to see indoors and gardens to enjoy as well.

Thank Hammo_12
GemmaW97, Manager at Runnymede, responded to this review

The gardens are at their best in this early autumn in Tasmania in fact our Plant sale for heritage plants is on Sunday the 9th April 2017 from 10 am. More 

Wolfville, Canada
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657 reviews
280 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Runnymede as part of a tour, and I'll admit, I was much more enamoured of it than my husband was. The gardens are lovely, and the 1840s sandstone villa is well preserved. We were taken on a tour of the home by a docent, who was obviously proud of the building and it's history. The rooms are decorated... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

A marvellous insight into Hobarts history through the lives of 3 families who lived at Runnymede. Of particular interest was the thrice married bishop and family who developed shipping & whaling businesses A house museum which has been beautifully restored - the recently wallpapered dining room and bishops study were highlights but all the different implements in the kitchen were... More 

Thank curiousmary2017
GemmaW97, Manager at Runnymede, responded to this review

We are pleased you enjoyed your visit to Runnymede and yes it is a credit to the National Trust. More 

Salt Lake City, Utah
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75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Darling cottages built in 1840--historic walk with a lovely small park and playground in the middle.

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Melbourne, Australia
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80 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

As part of our short trip to Hobart we delighted to be shown around Runnymede by Peter Fawcett. As National Trust members we love to hear about the history of this wonderful house from someone so informative and passionate about the house. There aren't many houses in Australia in such fine preserved condition from the 1830's. Thank you Peter.

Thank Stephen W
Wodonga, Australia
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37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Great place to visit and learn about history of house and area! Tour guide very informative! Highly recommend a visit to this beautiful home!

Thank Wendy W
GemmaW97, Manager at Runnymede, responded to this review

Our guide volunteers work very hard to reach out to all visitors. More 

Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Really interesting. Guide very knowledgeable and tailored talk to group. Many original pieces that reflect the history of the building. Well worth a visit.

Thank jenT22
GemmaW97, Manager at Runnymede, responded to this review

Thanks for your review of Runnymede House, we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

The guide was very knowledgeable. He has been doing this for many years. Most of the exhibits are original. There were chairs and sofa lined with horse hair. Interesting objects include a french scent fountain, wool winder made from whale bones, spool holder made from whale bones, room decorations, and furniture of the period. $15 admission - worth visiting.

Thank Natchaon C

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