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Runnymede

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Address: 61 Bay Rd | New Town, Hobart, Tasmania 7008, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 3 6238 4222
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10:00 - 16:30
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 16:30
Tue - Fri 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 February 2017
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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.

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Wodonga, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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GemmaW97, Manager at Runnymede, responded to this review

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

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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

Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 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.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

My husband and I visited on a recent rainy day and spent an enjoyable afternoon exploring the house, stables and grounds.

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Traralgon, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I were lucky enough to have a tour of this beautiful house whilst visiting Hobart. Our lovely guide for the day was Ian who went above and beyond in his detailed and descriptive history of this National Trust property. We have visted many National Trust houses in Victoria but none with this delightful gentleman to guide us... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

There is a play where the true story of the family who owned Runnymede. It is all done around an afternoon tea with the lady of the house. A must for anyone interested in history.

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Every time' without fail, I'm lost in time at this magnificent property with it's out buildings and glorious gardens

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