Franklin House

1838 convict-built home and gardens that became one of the Colony's leading private schools.


Built in 1838 by former convict brewer and publican, Britton Jones, in 1842 the house became one of the colony’s leading private schools, run by W. K. Hawkes. The house’s facade boasts an Ionic portico while the back with its veranda has a charming Tasmanian vernacular flavour. The interiors are furnished to reflect 19th century life in Tasmania.

The National Trust in Tasmania was founded in 1960 to preserve and furnish this house, then known as The Hollies.

Garden: Relax under the shade of a 180-year-old oak tree, wander through the flower beds and Victorian kitchen garden and send the children in search of Patrick’s Pails. Patrick Lambert was a 19th century gardener at The Hollies.

Plan your Visit

Franklin House


413-419 Hobart Road, Youngtown, 7249 TAS


Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 4pm


Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day & Good Friday

General enquiries: (03) 6344 7824 or (03) 6231 0911
Entry Fees:

Adults $15 | Concession $12 | Child aged 7 -16 yrs $5 | Family $35 | National Trust members & children 6 yrs and under FREE

What we offer:

Nearby attractions: Launceston CBD (including Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery), Jospeh Chromy Wines, Tamar Valley Wine Route and Tamar River Cruises, Evandale Village and Clarendon.

“An amazing historical house - take a trip back in time as you walk through this beautiful character filled house…"

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Tour Info & Bookings

Explore the house and gardens with a self guided tour, or come along to a special event.

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School Tours

This guided tour helps students learn about the cultural traditions of the time.

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Private Functions

Franklin House is also available for private events.
From celebrations to group afternoon teas in our elegant gardens, we will ensure that your event is one to remember.
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Franklin House makes an elegant and memorable venue for your wedding.
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