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. School tours are also offered (see links below).

Franklin House is open for self-guided tours Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday 12pm – 4pm.
We encourage all visitors to either contact the property on 6344 7824 or call the National Trust office on 6231 0911 prior to visiting.


Terms and Conditions of Entry

When visiting a National Trust Tasmania property, from 15 December 2021, please read and follow the Terms & Conditions of Entry.

The major points being:

  • Practice social distancing
  • Use safe hygiene practices
  • Don’t visit if you are feeling unwell

We thank you for helping to keep properties open and the community safe.


Plan your Visit

Franklin House


413 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:

Franklin House is available for self-guided tours: $12 adults | $10 concession | $5 child aged 7 -16 yrs | $30 family | 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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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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