Beautifully preserved 1840 whaling captain's house and gardens.

Just 8 minutes’ drive from central Hobart, Runnymede has a rich collection of maritime artifacts that belonged to Captain Charles Bayley and his family, who made it their home for over 100 years. Named after the Captain’s favourite ship, Runnymede now promotes marine conservation.

The Colonial marine villa was built for Robert Pitcairn, one of the first lawyers admitted to the Supreme Court of Van Diemen’s Land and a leading campaigner against the transportation of convicts.

There are also historic artworks and possessions of one of the property’s other owners,  Francis Nixon, Tasmania’s first Anglican bishop.

Guided tours of the property are available during open hours and visitors are encouraged to walk-in and speak to one of our friendly volunteers and stroll around the beautiful gardens.

**For the first time, this Spring 2017 Runnymede is launching the ‘Runnymede Garden Tour‘.

Immerse yourself in the tranquility and beauty of this marvelous 120 year old garden with this 1 hour tour.

Surrounding the villa on all sides, this meticulously maintained garden is filled with flowering shrubs and bulbs, fruit trees, heritage roses, herbs, and hedges.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll with one of the gardens dedicated National Trust volunteers as they guide you around the grounds.

Check our booking website for current tour times!**

Runnymede is available for hire for private events such as weddings, conference cocktails, or corporate dinners, and there are a variety of special events throughout the year including an annual Art & Antiques Fair, High Teas and the Spring and Autumn Plant Sales.

One-hour school tours are also offered (see links below).




61 Bay Road, New Town, Hobart 7008 TAS


Tuesday – Friday 10 am to 4 pm
Sundays – 12 noon to 4 pm.


Public Holidays.
Closed July and August.

(03) 6278 1269
What we offer:

"Enjoyed a fabulous house tour of Runnymede which was very informative and relaxed, followed by afternoon tea with 'Harriet'. Super special day."

One of many 5 star TripAdvisor reviews

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School Tours

This one hour guided tour helps students learn about the social and cultural traditions of the 19th century, the role of servants, and the workings of a self-sufficient estate.

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Private Functions

Runnymede house and gardens are also available for private events.
"The venue is gorgeous, the staff are amazing and they will bend over backwards to make sure that your event runs brilliantly."
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Conference & Business Events

From ‘Captain’s Cocktails’ to private sit-down dinners or high teas, this very special venue can accommodate up to 50 in the drawing room, or up to 150 in a marquee in the historic gardens. Add-on tours and theatre experiences also available.
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