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61 Bay Rd | New Town, Hobart, Tasmania 7008, Australia
+61 3 6278 1269
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Heritage Hobart at it's best

Runnymede is a country estate now surrounded by the city. A National Trust property supported by... read more

Reviewed 26 September 2017
Sydney Australia
via mobile
Beautiful historic home.

Runnymede is a beautifully kept historic home, staffed by knowledgeable docents who have some great... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
Fairfield, California
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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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61 Bay Rd | New Town, Hobart, Tasmania 7008, Australia
+61 3 6278 1269
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Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Runnymede is a country estate now surrounded by the city. A National Trust property supported by lots of volunteers, the property is exceptionally well maintained with a lovely garden. The property has all the things we expect from a national trust property - a knowledgeable,...More

Thank westernsydney
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Runnymede is a beautifully kept historic home, staffed by knowledgeable docents who have some great stories to tell about the former inhabitants. Lovely furniture, lots of history, and pleasant grounds.

Thank ArlettaC
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Amazing greats and fabulous part of Hobart's history. Please take care when visiting - the venue closes down for business in July and August

Thank William S
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

The house and adjacent buildings are authentically restored. The house is avreal glimpse of an era gone by and had been thouhgtfully furnished and restored. Our guides obviously love the house and its history and proud to talk about it. Definitly one of the best...More

Thank gcn8
Reviewed 19 May 2017

The property was really interesting and we were very lucky to have a volunteer guide show us around and answer all the many questions we had. Not only is the house really interesting but the gardens are also attractive.

Thank raymondwilk
Reviewed 11 May 2017

The gardens were particularly good - lots of original plants and old varieties. The house is shown as a tour - our guide was very informative. There is a lot to see as they have been able to recover many of the things that the...More

Thank fionabk
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

I have noticed in recent years that more of the museums that I visit are filled with artefacts that I remember from my childhood. Runnymede did not disappoint but added much more, with all the phases of its occupation being represented in various parts of...More

Thank Alan1fromOz
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Along with Narryna, Runnymede is a great example of a well preserved historical house and gardens. It is well furnished with period items and the guides were very helpful. The gardens are spectacular. Next time I'll stay for afternoon tea.

Thank Robert V
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Runnymede run high tea in May and November and it's a fantastic outing. Lovely gardens, amazing history and antiques, and lovely high tea with lots of sausage rolls, cucumber sandwiches, home made raspberry jam and cream scones and lots and lots more. All set with...More

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GemmaW97, Manager at Runnymede, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

Delighted , Loretta and her team of volunteers do a wonderful job to provide excellent high teas in an authentic setting, reflecting the heritage values of Runnymede.

Reviewed 4 May 2017

A rambling property with views of the waters of Hobart, the well preserved building and beautiful gardens were one can wander and wonder how this well maintained garden is kept so pristine.

Thank W3557OOpatrickc
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Pam Y
3 November 2016|
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Response from GemmaW97 | Property representative |
Runnymede has a dedicated parking lot next to the house and you are welcome to park there and come in through the gate.
28 October 2016|
Response from GemmaW97 | Property representative |
Runnymede is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 4pm and on Sunday's from 12 noon to 4 pm.You are welcome to visit during these hours and can have a guided tour as well. If coming by bus from Hobart GPO take bus 560 and ask... More