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“Runnymeade tour”
Review of Runnymede

Runnymede
Ranked #26 of 136 things to do in Hobart
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Runnymeade tour”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

Wonderful tour, house run by the National Trust and the tour guide gave you a great insight of the life of the house and it's various owners.

Visited June 2013
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2 Thank diane c
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Hobart, Australia
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Historic House”
Reviewed 23 April 2013

If you are interested in history and have some extra time Runnymede is a good place to visit. Knowledgeable guide, interesting family story.

Visited September 2012
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3 Thank Sue C
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Hobart, Australia
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88 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Sewing in the sun! What a setting!”
Reviewed 22 March 2013

A group of us from the Hobart Embroiderers' Guild were invited to have a stitching day at Runnymede. It was so peacefull and lovely we sat and sewed and talked to the visitors who were wandering around this wonderfull building. I took a break and searched out all the fantastic pieces of history that is found in every room including some very good examples of embroidery techniques that we still endevour to perfect today. I could not resist the afternoon tea that was provided for a nominal cost. Just perfect!

Visited March 2013
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4 Thank Patricia A
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Brilliant insight into grand lives of the past”
Reviewed 2 January 2013

If you have the time, I would recommend a visit to Runnymede, an historic family house. The National Trust has done an amazing job of making sure everything in the house is true to the era and has been very successful at retrieving a lot of the original furnishings (which had been sold over the years). Allow plenty of time so you can take in the entire house and gardens (we didn't realise how much there was to see and had to leave without seeing everything). The volunteers are incredible having an amazing knowledge of the house and its history. You can just walk around yourself but I would recommend a guided tour - you learn so much more.

Check opening days - currently it is not open Mondays or Saturdays. They also have high teas, something I would look to do when next in Hobart. It is also available for private functions.

Visited December 2012
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4 Thank Leanne C
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Austinmer, New South Wales, Australia
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3 reviews
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“National Trust treasure”
Reviewed 13 December 2012

The volunteers were knowledgable and enthusiastic about the place, and the current dining room display of Christmas in Victorian times was beautifully presented. A must for history buffs

Visited December 2012
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3 Thank Allison L
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