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Willow Court Asylum

The Avenue, New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia
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Absolutely fascinating

Can only assume other reviewers below have no sense of history. We came for the Agrarian Kitchen... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
RonWamberal
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Sydney, Australia
Woudnt bother

We stumbled upon this after going to a nearby café. Its an interesting bit of history. Two of the... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
Janell H
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The beautiful and historic Willow Court & Barracks precinct will be open for tours and a full program of activities in a not to be missed opportunity to explore and learn about Australia’s oldest continually run mental hospital and Military Barracks that pre-dates Port Arthur.Open day coincides with Frascati garden tours—once the Hospital Superintendent’s residence This is a rare opportunity not to be missed!
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The Avenue, New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia
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"lovely cafe on site"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Can only assume other reviewers below have no sense of history. We came for the Agrarian Kitchen but wandered around nearby buildings and this is absolutely fascinating. It shows a glimpse of the past both in terms of buildings / architecture and of people in...More

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tassiemouse, Public Relations Manager at Willow Court Asylum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the review. A lot of the previous reviews are referring to the privately owned section instead of the heritage precinct as you have been in and seen. There are tours run by the Friends of Willow Court throughout the year and notice can...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

We stumbled upon this after going to a nearby café. Its an interesting bit of history. Two of the buildings have been turned into a secondhand/antique shop, one of them was quite musty, dirty and cold (It would be next to impossible to heat these...More

Thank Janell H
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tassiemouse, Public Relations Manager at Willow Court Asylum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hi Janell. It looks like you visited the privately owned section of Willow Court which is a shame as the most historic section was just down the road and we had an open day for our heritage month celebration. Lots to see and do including...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2018

Went to the cafe/restaurant with a group of people. The kitchen was obviously overwhelmed and the meals came out in dribs and drabs, with many people finishing their meal at the table while others did not even have their meal yet. The meals themselves were...More

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tassiemouse, Public Relations Manager at Willow Court Asylum, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Hi Ken, sorry to hear of your experience however there are two eating establishments, one in the privately owned section of Willow Court and the other is the one hat Agrarian Kitchen. Both do not have anything to do with this heritage site which this...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely place to wander round and soak up the atmosphere. Great history and loads to look at from the old buildings to the antiques.

1  Thank AEFerry
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Reviewed 3 February 2018

This is a great place to explore the grounds of this haunted asylum . Extra fun to walk past at night. Unfortunately they do not do ghost tours.

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tassiemouse, Public Relations Manager at Willow Court Asylum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2018

http://www.willowcourttasmania.org/documentation/media-releases/ our position statement may help to explain why.

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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

Visited today. The cafe was excellent, really good coffee and cake. The meals also looked very good. However the asylum site looked derelict and neglected. Old machinery which is fine but old car seats and junk which made the site look a tip. The shops...More

1  Thank wombat55555
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tassiemouse, Public Relations Manager at Willow Court Asylum, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

Thanks for your review. You visited the privately owned area and we would agree with your comments. The about to be Heritage listed area is down the road and owned by the Derwent Valley Council. Some of this is open to the public and there...More

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

There's a problem with old asylums, they are old and in need of high maintenance and are difficult to re-purpose to a modern age. I recall talking to an administrator of such an institution who said "We had 1000 guys who wanted to mow and...More

1  Thank trooo3
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

The New Norfolk former Mental Health Asylum is now a mostly closed off collection of buildings from varying eras now privately owned by various organisations. A cafe remains operational as does a museum with second hand antiques and yesteryear gear.

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Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Closed, no explanation, no opening times. Looks closed for good. Only the motel was open. The cafe has a sign that says it's closed but even the website is gone. Very disappointing as I was bringing people from overseas.

2  Thank catalinafh
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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

This place is an amazing gem. The site with its beautiful old buildings is now mainly used as an antique fair and a place of a large collect of "junk" and discards from building sites, car yards and other places. Really hard to describe what...More

1  Thank ozallan
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Kimberley1204
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Roslyn M
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May 13th is the next tour. Bookings can be made from today through Event Brite. I can't share urls but search for After Dark Night Tours Willow Court or Willow Court Project. Numbers are limited book asap
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Cathie L
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9-4pm normally
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