Franklin House

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

Just minutes’ drive from Launceston CBD, Franklin House is the city’s only house museum. Built for successful businessman, Britton Jones, himself an ex-convict, this rare colonial building went on to accommodate one of the Colony’s leading private schools which operated from 1842 until 1866.

In 1960, it became the birthplace of the National Trust in Tasmania, which was formed to save it.

Relax under a 180-year-old oak tree, wander through the Victorian Kitchen Garden, send the children in search of Patrick’s Pails and explore this beautiful home on a self-guided tour.

Franklin House is also available for hire for private events such as weddings or corporate events; and there are a variety of special events throughout the year including our Christmas Carols and Cake event.

School tours are also offered (see links below).

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all of our heritage properties are currently closed to the public until further notice. 

We thank all of our members for their continued support at this time and look forward to welcoming you all to share in our unique heritage again as soon as it is safe to do so.


413 Hobart Road Youngtown 7249 TAS


9am – 4pm Mon – Sat (April to Sept)
9am-5pm (Oct to Mar)
Sunday Noon – 4pm


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

General enquiries: (03) 6344 7824
Entry Fees:

Franklin House is available for self-guided tours: $10 adults | $8 concession, senior, student | $5 child aged 7-16 yrs | National Trust members & children 6 yrs and under FREE

What we offer:

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

One of many 5 star TripAdvisor reviews

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Tours & Experiences

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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