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Runnymede - National Trust House & Gardens

Front view Runnymede
Runnymede playroom
Drawing Room
While Australia’s mainland colonies experienced a severe economic depression in the 1840s, Tasmania remained prosperous owing to unpaid convict labour and industries such as wool production and whaling. Runnymede represents Tasmania’s golden age. This Regency marine villa was built by lawyer Robert Pitcairn and Dorothea Pitcairn c1836-1840 and extended by Tasmania’s first Anglican Bishop, Francis Russell Nixon who resided there between 1850 and 1862. Captain Charles Bayley then acquired the house and named it Runnymede after his favourite whaling ship. The Bayley and Bayly families resided in the house for over a century. Enjoy a guided tour of this gracious house with its elegant furnishings, fascinating maritime collections and verdant gardens. Garden: Original 19th century villa garden including a carriage drive surrounding the house, 1840s stables and coach house, cast iron fountain, historic trees and plantings. 61 Bay Road, New Town 7008 (15 minutes by car from Hobart CBD via the Brooker Highway, travelling in the direction of MONA). Nearby attractions: Hobart CBD, Penitentiary Chapel and Criminal Courts and MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). Runnymede is available for private events bookings.


Conference/Function Facilities

Family Friendly

Gallery / Museum

Interpretive Centre

Lawn / Gardens

Non Smoking

Picnic Area

Public Toilet

Disabled access available, contact operator for details.

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