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 house 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 the house’s other owner, Francis Nixon, Tasmania’s first Anglican bishop.
***Runnymede is currently closed for the months of July and August***
Regular guided tours are available and you can also find out about the restoration of the house with a behind-the-scenes tour and morning tea with a curator. Or you can even can ‘Take Tea with Harriet’ – a theatrical journey with the Captain’s daughter (scones and tea included).
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).