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. School tours are also offered (see links below).
Franklin House is open for self-guided tours Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 4pm. We encourage all visitors to either contact the property on 6344 7824 or call the National Trust office on 6344 6233 prior to visiting, as hours may vary due to changing requirements in response to COVID-19. Stay safe.