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So many layers of history: a walking tour of Chippendale

Join award winning historian and local resident Dr Ian Hoskins on a walk around one of Sydney's oldest suburbs, where a Pugin-inspired church, early-Victorian terraces and remnants of the once dominant Tooths Brewery survive with the best in contemporary architecture, art galleries and eateries.

While it has been undergoing gentrification for a decade, Chippendale escaped wholesale redevelopment in the 20th century so that it stands as one of Sydney’s most interesting, multi-layered precincts.

Your guide Dr Ian Hoskins is an awarded author, and an expert in Sydney’s architectural history with 20 year’s experience leading walking tours and will bring pictures and maps.

Gadigal people were likely attracted by wetlands and creeks, and the availability of water led to the location of Australia’s first commercial nursery and early industry. With that came pollution. Discover some of the city’s earliest dwellings and most notorious slums, an 1850s Pugin-inspired church, one of the largest public schools in the colony, the restored remnants of massive Tooths Brewery and one of Australia’s first public housing development, the beautiful Strickland Building, opened in 1914.

A maximum of 10 walkers will ensure an intimate and high quality experience.

Event dates

Event Details

Kensington Street, Chippendale, New South Wales

We will meet at corner of Kensington Street and Broadway. Bring water and wear suitable clothing and shoes. There are no steps and the terrain is relatively flat. Wheelchair accessible. There will be a minimum of four bookings to proceed and a maximum of 10 people on each walk.


The walk will proceed 10am-12pm, each Sunday during the Festival: April 21st, 28th and May 5th, 12th. Meet at 9.45am for prompt start

Entry fees:
Adults $ 60, Members $ 50
Prebooking requiredianrhoskins@gmail.com
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
This is a circle walk so you will end close to the start. Central is the nearest train station and buses run along Broadway. Paid parking in Chippendale is generally limited to two hours and therefore not ideal