Named for owner Captain Charles Bayley’s favourite ship, Runnymede was the Bayley family home for more than 100 years. Now in the care of the National Trust, the house contains rich collections of material related to the whaling and maritime interests of the family, as well as artworks and family possessions of the previous owner Bishop Francis Nixon, Tasmania’s first Anglican Bishop, and the house’s first owner, Scottish-born lawyer Robert Pitcairn, who played a part in the abolition of convict transportation. Runnymede survives with house, cottage and coach house, and an extensive garden. The garden features many historic trees and plants, including roses and fruit trees.
Hidden in a small side street in New Town, Runnymede is a beautifully kept National Trust property. The restoration of this grand home has been carefully completed, and is now furnished as a gentleman’s residence of the 1840s period. Volunteer members of the National Trust provide guided tours throughout the building and provide fantastic descriptions of every aspect of the house, its furnishings and history, down to some of the smallest details.
Address: 61 Bay Rd, New Town
Open: 10 am – 1 pm Sunday 12 November
Highlights: Heritage garden, gentleman's residence
Tours: Pre-booked guided tours at 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon and 1 pm. Bookings essential.
Building specs: Building type: Regency villa, Year built: 1840s, Architect: Unknown