Lindesay was built in 1834 on Gadigal Country, Darling Point, by the new Colonial Treasurer Campbell Drummon Riddell. It was the first property to grace Darling Point and construction took over two years to complete.
Soon after the project began, its architect Edward Hallen abandoned the project, discontented with his opportunities and income. It is thought that he was replaced by Francis Clarke, who became the main influence on Lindesay’s construction.
Lindesay was designed as a villa, a freestanding rectangular block which presents a different, self-contained façade on each side. It is Gothic Revival in style – a design favoured by professional families at the time in rural Britain, and Lindesay was its first emulation in New South Wales.
Stylistically, the garden was typical of its English counterparts, with boldly curving paths, shrubberies and garden beds. Tropical plants such as bananas, figs, plumbago and oleander were also introduced, bringing a riot of colour to the garden.
In 1980 efforts by the National Trust and community prevented the construction of a high rise development in front of the property, which protected the vistas from the house to the harbour – views that can still be enjoyed today from Lindesay’s historic house and garden.
How to get here
Lindesay is located in Darling Point, NSW.
By public transport: Local buses service the Darling Point area. The closest ferry wharf is Darling Point, which is a 15-minute walk to Lindesay.
By car: There is no on-site parking, however surrounding street parking is available.
Planning ahead is the best way to get the most out of your visit to Lindesay. Here, you’ll find answers to some of our most frequently-asked questions about visiting.
When should I visit?
Lindesay is a rare historic house to visit in Sydney, with gardens that are beautiful all year round. Lindesay is open every Wednesday, and access is by guided tours only at 10am and 11am.
How much time do I need?
Tours of Lindesay take approximately 45 minutes, after which visitors are welcome to explore the house and garden. To fully appreciate Lindesay we recommend that you allow at least one hour for your visit.
Will children enjoy visiting?
Lindesay is very family friendly, and a great way to introduce children to aspects of Sydney’s history. The downstairs servants’ quarters and wide-open lawns are always a hit with children.
Can I bring my pet?
Everyone is welcome at Lindesay, however we are unable to accommodate pets (excluding assistance animals). Thank you for understanding.
Can tour groups visit?
Groups are more than welcome at Lindesay. To book a group visit, call (02) 9363 2401 or email email@example.com
Is it wheelchair accessible?
Wheelchair access is available on the ground level of Lindesay. Please contact us ahead of time if you are planning a visit in a wheelchair so we can further assist you.
Can I hire a venue for my special event?
With stunning gardens and an undercover outdoor courtyard, Lindesay is perfect for dinner parties and a sought-after location for weddings. To find out more, please visit our venue hire page.