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.

Join one of our knowledgeable volunteers on the Captain’s House Tour to discover everything this lovely homestead has to offer. Visitors are also encouraged to take a leisurely stroll around the beautiful gardens.

Runnymede is available for hire for private events such as weddings, conference cocktails, or corporate dinners. There are a variety of special events throughout the year including an annual High Teas and the Spring and Autumn Plant Sales. One-hour school tours are also offered (see links below).


Runnymede is closed during July and August to undertake much-needed housekeeping and collection work.


Captain’s House Tour 

Join one of our knowledgeable volunteers on a 45 minute Captain’s House Tour to discover everything this lovely homestead has to offer.

Runnymede has been owned by three families beginning with the Pitcairn family c.1840 and then the first Bishop of Tasmania, Francis Russell Nixon and his wife Anna Nixon, as well as several generations of the Bayley and Bayly Family.

Visitors are also encouraged to take a leisurely stroll around the beautiful heritage gardens.”

Runnymede Garden Tour 

Immerse yourself in the tranquility and beauty of this marvellous 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 site for availability.

Plan your Visit



61 Bay Road, New Town, Hobart 7008 TAS


Open for tours Friday to Sunday, 10am–3pm
Bookings preferred (see link below)


Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day & Good Friday.
Closed July and August.

(03) 6278 1269
Entry Fees:

Adult $15 | Concession $12 I Child aged 7-16 yrs $5 | National Trust Members & children 6 yrs and under FREE

What we offer:

"From the minute you arrive in the fabulous old garden, maintained by wonderful volunteers, to being warmly received by your guide, Runnymede is a delight."

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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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